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Mr Papalia has held the portfolio since March. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Papalia fires on federal navy program

The state government will be seeking to pile pressure on the Commonwealth to secure more defence industry spending in the west, according to Minister for Defence Issues Paul Papalia, as he hit out at his federal counterpart over a perceived lack of naval shipbuilding cash flowing to local players.

Speaking at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia defence industry lunch today, Mr Papalia said the federal government’s policy of making Henderson, south of Perth, the nation’s second major shipbuilding hub was unlikely to have a major economic impact.

Mr Papalia said that, of $89 billion being spent on new naval vessels, including frigates, submarines and offshore patrol vessels, only $3 billion was heading to Western Australia.

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