Johnston must come clean on shipbuilding plans

It is time the Abbott Government ended the uncertainty hanging over Australia’s shipbuilding industry and immediately released its secret review into the Air Warfare Destroyers, Acting Shadow Defence Minister Gai Brodtmann said today.

“It is reported that highly skilled shipbuilding jobs at ASC are under threat,” Ms Brodtmann said.

“Right now, there are thousands of workers at ASC in Adelaide wondering if they will still have a job at the end of the year.

“These decisions are said to be based on recommendations of a review that the Government is keeping secret.

“This is yet another example of the uncertainty being delivered by the Abbott Government when it comes to Australia's shipbuilding industry. The Government must immediately release its secret review into the AWDs and end this uncertainty.

“ASC may be the first, but what will come next?

“This is a Government that is excluding Australian companies from shipbuilding contracts, sending Australian jobs overseas, and putting a vital strategic asset at risk.”

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