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Any news yesterday about the proposed shift to WA of collins class maintenance from Scmo? Could not access on line his Osborne speech or any other from him yesterday. Hopefully no change - we cant afford mid stream alterations like that - esp. in covid. Did he say anything about infrastructure spends for SA other that Osborne?

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western wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:46 am
Any news yesterday about the proposed shift to WA of collins class maintenance from Scmo? Could not access on line his Osborne speech or any other from him yesterday. Hopefully no change - we cant afford mid stream alterations like that - esp. in covid. Did he say anything about infrastructure spends for SA other that Osborne?

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In typical fashion, he dodged questions on subs and just re-announced already announced stuff about the frigates. Apparently the government has been 'too focused on COVID-19 response' to make the decision about Perth/Adelaide, never mind that one would hope national defence planning perseveres in all circumstances. It's not reassuring, because you can bet that if there was something good to spin, he would have said it; the bad news will be dumped on a lesser minister to deliver.
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SRW wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:04 pm
western wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:46 am
Any news yesterday about the proposed shift to WA of collins class maintenance from Scmo? Could not access on line his Osborne speech or any other from him yesterday. Hopefully no change - we cant afford mid stream alterations like that - esp. in covid. Did he say anything about infrastructure spends for SA other that Osborne?

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In typical fashion, he dodged questions on subs and just re-announced already announced stuff about the frigates. Apparently the government has been 'too focused on COVID-19 response' to make the decision about Perth/Adelaide, never mind that one would hope national defence planning perseveres in all circumstances. It's not reassuring, because you can bet that if there was something good to spin, he would have said it; the bad news will be dumped on a lesser minister to deliver.
He actually said they will make that decision but it's not a priority right now.
There's a chance that they've already decided, but are waiting for the "right moment". Probably when work starts on the new subs or frigates, and they will spin it as well SA gets all the major build work, WA can have a small slice of maintenance work.

But, I wouldn't at all be surprised and in fact its probably more likely that they haven't even decided yet, and they have no idea and it's all a big mess. This government doesn't exactly give anyone confidence that it has a strong grasp on running the country does it.
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I caught up with some of what went on re Scomo's visit but nothing specific about the maintenance shift as you say. Will not go down well here./

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That's why I said it's either being delayed till they announce work is officially starting on the frigates and subs, which will be accompanied by a rounded off figure of "new" jobs for those projects, and then oh btw we're sending 700 maintenance jobs to WA, but yeh you got XXXX new jobs here. Or they really haven't decided because they're incompetent.

Anyway here's a video on twitter with a brief glimpse of the new facility for the frigates, it's bloody huge.
https://twitter.com/marshall_steven/sta ... 7469424640
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