Workers in Osborne are still facing uncertainty after the release of today’s Defence White Paper.
During the election in 2013 the Liberals made a commitment that 12 submarines would be built in Adelaide, but upon coming to Government they immediately created uncertainty around the build.
That uncertainty has resulted in hundreds of jobs being lost at the Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC).
We then saw the Liberals promise that the Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) would be built in South Australia, but earlier this month it was revealed in senate estimates that the location of the build wasn’t guaranteed.
Today’s announcement includes a commitment for 12 submarines, but there is still no guarantee for ASC workers in South Australia.
Malcom Turnbull has also confirmed that he will not overturn the preposterous decision to build our replacement supply vessels overseas, which Labor had committed to build in Australia and which would have prevented the massive job losses in ship building.
Labor has been relentless in holding the Government to account for their broken promise and standing up for jobs in South Australia.
Malcolm Turnbull needs to step up and keep the Liberals’ promises to build the OPVs and all 12 submarines in Adelaide.