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Thursday, 13 October 2011
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Defence: Submarines

(Question No. 641)

Senator Johnston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 29 April 2011:

With reference to the Defence White Paper 2009, which states that the Collins Class replacement submarines will be assembled in South Australia:

(1) Is this still the case.

(2) Why not describe the submarines as being 'built' in South Australia.

Senator Chris Evans: The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   As was the case with the Collins Class submarines and the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) projects, it is expected that Future Submarines will be assembled from components and possibly modules manufactured in a number of locations around Australia and overseas. Final assembly will take place in South Australia. The term 'built' would therefore be misleading.