The State Liberals continue to lobby the Federal Government to secure the future of shipbuilding in South Australia.
“The State Liberals are firmly of the view that future submarines for the Royal Australian Navy should be constructed at Techport in Port Adelaide,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“I have been lobbying the Federal Government on the benefits of this approach, including regular meetings with the Prime Minister and Defence Minister Johnston.
“The Federal Government has made no decision on the design or construction of the next generation of submarines for the Navy. This decision will be made by Cabinet’s National Security Committee once the Defence White Paper is finalised.
“Prime Minister Abbott has confirmed that future submarine activities in Australia will be centred in Port Adelaide and that new jobs will be created for South Australians as part of the future submarines acquisition.
“Equally important is that Adelaide is the base for sustainment of RAN submarines well into the future, which is of enormous economic value to the South Australian economy.
“Additionally, there are a number of other defence projects including Navy surface vessels, vehicle manufacture and a range of electronic warfare programs that are major opportunities for the South Australian defence sector which will create jobs and economic activity for South Australia.
“The State Liberals will continue to fight for local jobs on behalf of all South Australians.”