Mark McGowan says WA can still secure its fair share of the defence program. Photo: Attila Csaszar

State government still plans to win ships work

The state government says it can still win a bigger share of the nation's $90 billion shipbuilding program because contracts are still unsigned, and it will appoint a defence advocate to lobby Canberra to win work slated for South Australia.

The state government has created the ‘Defence West’ office, which will prepare a strategy to campaign for a greater share of the federal government’s naval shipbuilding program.


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Perhaps we should just change the focus. The (federal) government is not going to take the ship building work away from SA, it would be politically imprudent. Given that so much of the fleet is based in the west, WA might do better to focus on the maintenance contracts. After all, it makes better economic sense to do the maintenance here. Let SA keep the ship building and transfer the ongoing maintenance to WA - over the life of the vessel it worth millions and lots of jobs.

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