State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall has today welcomed news from the Federal Coalition Government that construction of the Australian Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessels will begin in Adelaide.
Construction will begin in Adelaide from 2018 and transfer to Western Australia when the Future Frigate construction begins in Adelaide in 2020.
“This is great news for South Australia given that we are facing a number of economic challenges and have the highest unemployment rate in the nation,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“This is another good step towards securing a continuous build for the ASC shipyards.
“These projects will create thousands of jobs and pump billions of dollars into the South Australian economy.
“However, we reiterate our calls for the Federal Government to build the 12 submarines at ASC in Adelaide.
“Australia’s next generation of submarines will be critical to our nation’s defence capabilities and for employment opportunities in South Australia.
“The Weatherill Labor Government also needs to ensure that we have the most up-to-date and competitive infrastructure available so that South Australia is able secure shipbuilding contracts and create jobs for South Australians.
“The State Liberals will continue to lobby the Federal Government to secure the future of shipbuilding in South Australia and will continue to fight for local jobs on behalf of all South Australians.
“It is in our nation’s best interests that a continuous ship building program is based in Adelaide.”