We have been through this before, but you still harp on.Yeah, exactly. A car is exactly the same as a lump of coal or a ship-load of iron ore. It's not complex manufacture at all.
Cars are not complex, that's why they are not made here.
Replicate the production line of a submarine? One that's only be made a few times. What sort of production line do you really think there is Don? How many common parts are there Don? Why do you think these things cost billions Don?There's no local production line here, Shane - that's why the price tag kept accelerating away from $90 billion. These lines of supply had to be established here in order to meet the conditions of the contract that specified an amount of local content.
Get it? That's why the costs were going through the roof.
I guess using the same argument as "cars aren't complex" you'll tell us in the same breath that submarines aren't complex which is why they SHOULD be made here. Right?
A car is basically simple modern piece of hardware that is easily made in third world economies. The design of the car is however a different story and most cars are hence designed in Developed economies.
The main complexity in a car assembly line is QC, hence why the much of the QC teams from Australia's former car assembly plants found employment supporting assembly lines in Thailand and other locations and Ford, Toyota and until recently GM retained design teams in Australia and the former assembly plant operators were made redundant.
One more time for the Dummies Don, complex large Military hardware projects have a long history of going over budget and over time. A few examples include the Russian Aircraft carrier, the Chinese copy, the US's latest I think Ford class aircraft carrier and just about every fighter jet every built in the US and likely France, Sweden, Russia etc etc for years. Classic case of the military chief's having eyes bigger than their budgets teased by manufacturers who claim their "latest" technology is better than the competition, yet in reality none of it rarely exists and not up to standard, over promising and under delivering. Space industry is no different.
While Don may continue with his unpatriotic approach to design his fellow South Australian's a generation of jobs, thankfully others are thinking otherwise and this includes the govt managing the project and has not signed with France because it won't let the French take the jobs on shore (likely due to similar French govt/union pressure).
In addition we have today's announcement of the Australia designed and assembled Loyal Wingman project supported by Boeing.