"Labor has a long history of spinning the numbers on its defence projects in South Australia, and it seems as though expectations for the future submarine project have been greatly inflated for political purposes," Mr Hamilton-Smith said.
"With $1.5 billion worth of Defence cuts, slippages and delays in projects in the recent federal Labor budget, there is an increasing pressure on the defence industry."
Defence, the Defence bureaucracy, the defence industry and their cheerleaders need to be deprived of an air supply until a sane strategic roadmap is put in place. This includes an assessment of what home industry can realistically do.
Meanwhile, not to pick on Indonesia, but they have got it made. They can deprive the littorals to the north easily over the long haul with inexpensive submarines, fighter aircraft (that work), naval mines, and if they are really smart, things like S-300/S-400, BrahMos (and other super-sonic cruise missiles;) including a CLUB-K arrangement. And, they already have one kind of super-sonic cruise missile in service with their navy.
our government defence planners at home, insist we buy really dumb things that won't for example; achieve air domination over our northern approaches.
The Australian military already gave up a strong strategic strike platform that could take long range cruise missiles really far; all on a lie. That was the F-111. It also had superior value in non-high-end war than it's "replacement".
There is no proof of strong strategic thinking in this government. Until there is; we shouldn't hand over tax dollars on stupid projects. The current Defence arrangement is draining our budget for very little return. It has long been time to change that.