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18       Defence— Defence—Collins Class submarines

Senator Patrick, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 781—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    Australia’s Collins Class submarines provide vital capability for the Australian Defence Force, yet in June 2011 not one could go to sea,

(ii)                  over half a decade later and after significant investment, the current sustainment model, with short term maintenance activities in Western Australia (WA) and full-cycle dockings in South Australia (SA), is achieving world benchmarks,

(iii)                ASC South Australia sends experts to WA to resolve complex maintenance issues, 

(iv)                there is a proposal before government to move full-cycle dockings from SA to WA, which would result in:

(A)                 a loss of corporate knowledge,

(B)                 negative impact on the sustainment model, and potential reduction of submarine availability, and 

(C)                 at best, only similar outcomes would be achieved, thus the cost of the move cannot represent value for money, and 

(v)                  the response to COVID-19 has:

(A)                 introduced levels of concern and stress on Australian workers, and

(B)                 is disrupting state economies; and

(b)              calls on the Federal Government to:

(i)                    recognise the success of the current sustainment model, and

(ii)                  provide stability for the employees of ASC and the South Australian economy by retaining all Collins Class submarine full-cycle docking activities in SA.

Leave refused : The Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann) sought leave to move an amendment to the motion. An objection was raised and leave was not granted.

Suspension of standing orders : Senator Cormann, pursuant to contingent notice, moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent him moving an amendment to the motion.

Question—That the motion to suspend standing orders be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 44

Senators—

Antic

Farrell

McCarthy

Reynolds

Askew

Faruqi

McGrath

Ruston

Ayres

Fawcett

McKenzie

Ryan

Bilyk

Gallagher

McKim

Scarr

Carr

Green

McLachlan

Seselja

Cash

Hanson-Young

McMahon

Sheldon

Chandler

Henderson

O’Sullivan

Siewert

Colbeck

Hughes

Payne

Smith, Dean*

Cormann

Hume

Polley

Urquhart

Davey

Lines

Pratt

Walsh

Duniam

McAllister

Rennick

Watt

 

 

NOES, 3

Senators—

Griff

Lambie

Patrick

* Tellers

Question agreed to.

On the motion of Senator Cormann the following amendment was agreed to:

f93eb7b0-ff70-4720-8f94-e195c7a4dba6 Omit all paragraphs after paragraph (a)(ii), substitute:

(iii)                recognises the demonstrated skills and expertise of the existing Collins Class submarine sustainment workforce,

(iv)                notes the Government’s statement that a decision on future full cycle docking arrangements is yet to be made and that it will be made in the national interest; and

(b)              agrees that future full cycle docking arrangements for Collins Class submarines must best guarantee optimal ongoing availability of our nation’s submarine capability throughout the transition to the fleet of twelve new Attack Class submarines.

Statement by leave : Senator Patrick, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion, as amended.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.

 

 

 

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