The Western Australian Government acknowledges Federal Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne's endorsement of Civmec's $80 million expansion to deliver naval shipbuilding and maintenance in WA.
The project, which involves constructing Australia's biggest undercover shipbuilding space, puts the Henderson facility in line to house complete air warfare destroyers and frigates as well as offshore patrol vessels for construction and maintenance.
Mr Pyne's visit to the site today is a clear sign he supports and endorses the Western Australian shipbuilding industry's investment to increase its capabilities and capacity.
Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia said it was now time for the Turnbull Government to commit to giving WA its fair share of the $89 billion naval shipbuilding program as well as upgrade the Australian Marine Complex's facilities in order to undertake the work.
Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia:
"As I have said previously, I welcome the Federal Government's decision to commit to a continuous build of frigates, submarines and offshore patrol vessels, and I believe that all naval ships should be built in Australia.
"WA has the greatest capacity in Australia to manufacture these ships and the assumption by the Federal Government that the large naval vessels and submarines should be built in South Australia is just wrong.
"It is clear Minister Pyne has seen for himself the capacity of the Australian Marine Complex and the companies that are in it, so there is no reason for the 'lion's share' to go to South Australia."
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