Western Australian naval shipbuilding workers blockaded Defence Minister Senator David Johnston’s Western Australian electorate office this morning, demanding that the Abbott Government build new naval ships and submarines in Australia – not in Japan.
The Abbott Government is currently evaluating options for the replacement of the navy’s Collins-class fleet of submarines. Despite previously promising to build new vessels in Australia, Senator Johnston is now actively considering offshoring the work.
Media reports indicating the Abbott Government will purchase 12 new submarines from Japan, instead of building them locally, is bad news for Western Australia (WA)’s naval shipbuilding industry.
The naval shipbuilding industry employs hundreds of people locally, and thousands more around Australia. With the Abbott Government looking to Japan to supply new vessels, it is hard to see how the industry will survive.Read more
Colin Barnett’s boast that the construction of his big inner city projects will create tens of thousands of jobs is meaningless, without a concrete plan to ensure contracts are awarded to local firms and jobs do not go interstate or overseas.Read more