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Monday, May 04, 2015

Govt says it took Defence submarine advice

HMAS Waller(SSG 75)The government says it took Defence Department advice on board when it opted for the competitive evaluation process to select new submarines.

A spokesman for Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said Defence, in its advice to former minister David Johnston, noted that government shipbuilder ASC lacked some skills and capital to undertake this large task alone.

Defence advice to Senator Johnston, obtained by Fairfax Media under freedom of information, indicates that it preferred for most of the job of constructing the 12 advanced new submarines to be done at the ASC facility in Adelaide.

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