- Federal Government releases Australia's Naval Shipbuilding Plan
- WA initially receives just $100 million of more than $1 billion national spend in naval infrastructure
- Plan based around investment of more than $89 billion in new naval ships and submarines
The Federal Government has finally released its national Naval Shipbuilding Plan and Western Australia has received just a small part of the national infrastructure spend.
A total of $1.3 billion has been slated for naval-related industrial infrastructure and sustainment, with WA receiving just $100 million so far.
The Naval Shipbuilding Plan outlines the Federal Government's strategy for the country's future naval shipbuilding industry and the investments required in infrastructure and workforce development.
The plan confirms South Australia is set to receive the 'lion's share' of the $89 billion investment program, with WA in line to receive just over $3 billion of shipbuilding work.
Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia:
"This Naval Shipbuilding Plan is a slap in the face of WA's defence industry.
"This is less of a 'national' shipbuilding plan and more of a 'South Australian' shipbuilding plan.
"This State has the skills and experience to contribute to both the construction of the nine new future frigates and the 12 future submarines but this plan leaves WA in the cold.
"The plan also outlines that South Australia will need to increase its current employment levels by three times to deal with the additional work, but WA already has a highly skilled workforce ready to go.
"It's extraordinary that the Federal Government is wasting $1.2 billion of taxpayer's money to replicate what we already have in WA.
"The sustainment work to be undertaken in WA for the future frigates and submarines is decades away and will not provide immediate jobs."
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