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Wednesday, 11 November 2015
Page: 8299


Senator DAY (South Australia) (15:36): I move:

That the Senate take note of the answer given by the Minister for Defence (Senator Payne) to a question without notice asked by Senator Leyonhjelm today relating to defence manufacturing in Australia.

Senator Leyonhjelm asked the question, perhaps with his tongue firmly in his cheek, about building submarines in Western Sydney. Clearly, the state with the track record on submarine construction is my home state of South Australia. The minister responded lauding the benefits of Western Sydney and their capability, I do not doubt that. The minister mentioned her good friends in South Australia and rightly acknowledged that, comparatively, South Australia does have the capacity to build submarines. In fact, they are the only state that has been doing so up until now. The extent of the submarine build and the successful bidder—

The PRESIDENT: The time for the debate has expired.

Question agreed to.