Good one Don,
you just demonstrated that your entire input to this debate is completely null and void and you have again demonstrated you clueless to what the submarine project is all about, who actually bid, what the price was and more to the point, who can actually supply a diesel submarine.
I understand exactly what it was about: It was a hybrid welfare program/pork barrel and defense consultancy feed trough.
And as I was just discussing with GroundRelay - the answer is: DON'T BUY ANY. Invest the $100,000,000,000 in some other more modern defense capability. Problem solved.
In addition you are completely clueless on why the longterm Australian strategic defense requirements started planning the replacement of the existing Sub fleet more than a decade ago, long before the demise of the car industry and any other welfare needs to save the South Australian economy from achieving irrelevancy in the national economy.
Seriously, 700-odd jobs at Osborne is going to save the South Australian economy from irrelevancy?
Just for you Don and again for the 10,000,000th time, no American supplier bid on the project, maybe actually read one of your own links because that's how I found out who the bidders were. Why, because no American supplier makes diesel submarines nor are the nuclear models they do make for sale internationally due to restrictions put in place by the US govt regarding nuclear hardware.
We're in ANZUS. We're part of the five eyes network. Of course they'd lease us a nuclear sub.
Even the Canadian's are or are considering buying the same model sub as Australia from the French for all mostly the same reasons Australia did.
Because they're too whimpy to buy nuclear? Good to know we have an equivalent government frightened of nuclear subs.
Finally Don, you have proved you are done here.
Not by a long shot, sunshine. As long as you want to keep arguing I'll keep pointing out that you don't know what you're talking about. You don't even understand the parameters of the project, you can't distinguish between your opinion and fact and yet you think you're an expert on it? Please.