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Defence—Future Submarine Program—Answer to question—Letter to the President of the Senate from the Minister for Finance (Senator Cormann), dated 31 July 2019, providing information concerning a question without notice asked by Senator Patrick on 30 July 2019

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SENATOR THE HON MATHIAS CORMANN Minister for Finance Leader of the Government in the Senate

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan President of the Senate Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Mr President

I write with regard to a question I took on notice from Senator Patrick on Tuesday, 30 July 2019 on the matter of the Future Submarine Program.

I can confirm that the head of the Future Submarine Program wrote to the Naval Group nearly two years ago about how it should approach the question of designing its future submarine construction yard in Osborne to accommodate the most efficient construction of 12 Attack class submarines - a task that will require at its peak over 2000 workers directly involved in construction.

In that letter the head of the program confirmed two assumptions could be used to allow planning of the future yard to progress. These were planning assumptions, nothing more.

One of those assumptions was that land currently occupied by ASC Submarines would be made available to Naval Group following the 2024 Full Cycle Docking to allow for further development of the submarine construction yard, inclusive of access to Port Adelaide River.

This statement does not mean that the Full Cycle Docking will be moving interstate. It simply means that planning for how to develop the most efficient construction yard for the future submarines should not exclude the land currently used by ASC.

Design of the Submarine Construction Yard remains under development and yet to be accepted by Government.

I can again confirm that no decision has been made on the matter of full cycle docking for the Collins Class Submarine.

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 Telephone: (02) 6277 7400 - Facsimile: (02) 6273 4110

I can also confirm that ASC was not aware of Admiral Sammut's written advice to Naval Group.

I have copied 7hi etter to Senator Patrick.

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