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18    Defence—Australia’s Future Submarine Program

Senator Xenophon, also on behalf of Senators Conroy, Lambie, Lazarus, Madigan and Muir, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 870—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the 2009 and 2013 Defence White Papers both state a national security requirement for the procurement of 12 new submarines,

                 (ii)   on 20 February 2015, the Minister for Defence announced the acquisition strategy for Australia’s Future Submarine Program, including details of the competitive evaluation process to be undertaken by the Department of Defence, advising that the department would seek proposals from potential partners on ‘options for design and build overseas, in Australia, and/or a hybrid approach’,

                (iii)   all tier one navies have their warships and submarines built locally,

                (iv)   submarine builders DCNS and TKMS:

                  ( a )   have expressed a view to a Senate inquiry that the total life cycle costs (from design through construction through operation) will be no more expensive if our future submarines are built in Australia, and

                  ( b )   along with submarine builder ASC, have agreed to a proposition put to them at a Senate inquiry that participation in the design and construction of a submarine makes through-life maintenance easier,

                 (v)   building submarines in Australia would:

                  ( a )   contribute to Australia’s defence self-reliance, and

                  ( b )   provide valuable economic and skills stimulus to Australia’s manufacturing industry, and

                (vi)   both the Collins class submarines and ANZAC frigates were built with greater than 70 per cent local content (by value); and

    (b)   calls on the Government to:

                  (i)   commit to the procurement of 12 submarines,

                 (ii)   commit to its pre-election promise to a local build of submarines and withdraw the stipulated options for ‘design and build overseas’ and a ‘hybrid approach’ on Australia’s future submarines, and

                (iii)   set a submarine build benchmark of at least 70 per cent Australian local content (by value).

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Senator Whish-Wilson, by leave, moved the following amendment:

Omit subparagraph (b)(i).

Statements by leave : Senators Whish-Wilson and Conroy, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and negatived ( but see below ).

Statement by leave : Senator Edwards, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Senator Fifield asked that the question on the amendment moved by Senator Whish-Wilson be put again.

Leave was granted for the question to be put again.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 38

Senators—

Back

Edwards

McKenzie

Ryan

Birmingham

Fawcett

McKim

Seselja

Brandis

Fifield

Nash

Siewert

Bushby (Teller)

Hanson-Young

Payne

Sinodinos

Canavan

Johnston

Reynolds

Smith

Cash

Leyonhjelm

Rhiannon

Wang

Colbeck

Lindgren

Rice

Waters

Cormann

Ludlam

Ronaldson

Whish-Wilson

Day

Macdonald

Ruston

Williams

Di Natale

McGrath

 

 

 

NOES, 23

Senators—

Bullock

Gallagher

McAllister

Peris

Cameron

Ketter

McEwen (Teller)

Sterle

Collins

Lambie

McLucas

Urquhart

Conroy

Lazarus

Moore

Wong

Dastyari

Ludwig

Muir

Xenophon

Gallacher

Madigan

O’Neill

 

 

 

Question agreed to.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.