Malcolm Turnbull has been urged to look towards Tasmania to address a gap between Australia’s defence expenditure and what is actually exported from Australia.
Speaking in Federal Parliament, Member for Braddon Justine Keay said, “The Turnbull Government has conceded Australia ranks thirteenth in the world when it comes to defence expenditure but only twentieth when it comes to defence exports.
“Clearly there are gaps to be filled and today I have urged the parliament to look at Tasmania and the North West Coast to help fill this void.
“The Cradle Coast region has the skills and capability to do defence work.
“The region has a high skilled stable workforce; it is geographically secure, has available land for testing and is supported by an enthusiastic university and maritime college.
“In our region local manufacturers Penguin Composites and Direct Edge have demonstrated this by securing key roles in delivering defence materials.
“Last year Penguin Composites won a contract with Thales Australia to build bonnets and various parts for the new Hawkei protected army vehicles.
“Successful bidder for the Land 400 combat reconnaissance vehicles Rheinbmetall, has confirmed Direct Edge will be one of a group of small and medium size businesses around Australia that will be involved in this project.
Justine Keay also took the opportunity to congratulate Elphinstone Pty Ltd with their work on the Land 400 combat reconnaissance vehicle bid as part of Team Sentinel.
“While the Team Sentinel bid was ultimately unsuccessful it certainly put our region on the radar when it comes to defence capability.
“As has been proven by Direct Edge and Penguin Composites we just need the opportunity to demonstrate it.
“Malcolm Turnbull needs look no further than this region to help address the gap between defence expenditure and exports.”
MONDAY 26 MARCH, 2018
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