14 December 2020
Independent Senator Rex Patrick has labelled SA Premier Steven Marshall as weak on SA jobs after the SA Defence State Sector Strategy 2030 failed to stamp ownership of Collins Class submarine Full Cycle docking activities.
“He simply doesn’t have the necessary fight in him,” said Senator Patrick. “This is about 700 jobs and $400 million in annual economic activity for SA and yet Collins sustainment only gets a brief mention in the documents and in an historical sense. The Premier needs to be fighting much harder for SA. It’s not good enough for him to sit quietly on Scott Morrison’s lap while the work goes to Western Australia.”
“It will cost more than a billion dollars to shift FCD work from SA to WA and will see a gutting of corporate knowledge from the submarine enterprise, with only 10% of SA workers willing to move to WA. This will cause a drop in submarine availability to the RAN’s Fleet Commander and/or Joint Operations Command”.
“The shift is costly to the taxpayer and it’s risky for national security”.
“I have been a lone force in Canberra seeking to protect SA’s Collins Class workers. It’s hard enough as it is without having your State Premier go weak at the knees.”
“Collins Submarine sustainment work must stay in SA.”