The new Defence Minister Kevin Andrews must take back control of defence from the chaotic and dysfunctional Prime Minister's Office.
Kevin Andrews must immediately demand a competitive tender for Australia's new submarines and fix the defence pay debacle.
For the past 15 months, defence has been riddled with confusion and broken promises, as well as chaotic interference by the PMO, particularly when it comes to Australia's Future Submarine Project.
This project is one of the largest defence acquisitions the Commonwealth will ever make and is far too important to be decided as a result of a sweet-heart deal with Japan.
We all have a responsibility to ensure our new submarine fleet is the very best it can be and is delivered at the best price for taxpayers.
Only a competitive tender will achieve this.
Kevin Andrews should stand up to the Prime Minister and ensure that there is a real tender for our submarines - not one designed to deliver a pre-ordained outcome.
Expert after expert has testified that Australia has the capability to build a submarine that meets our unique needs for range and endurance in a timeframe that ensures there is no capability gap.
Labor is confident that a proper competitive tender will ensure that our new submarine fleet is built in Adelaide.
Kevin Andrews should also take immediate steps to secure the future of Australia's strategically vital shipbuilding industry and it's thousands of workers.
Labor had a plan to do this by bringing forward the purchase of new supply ships and patrol boats, as well as the future frigates to be built here in Australia.
Kevin Andrews’ appointment to the defence portfolio is surely a blow to fair pay for our service men and women.
The Minister for WorkChoices, Kevin Andrews should immediately reverse the Government's disgraceful decision to cut the real pay of Australian Defence Force personnel.
Our servicemen and women shouldn't have to fight the Abbott Government for fair pay and conditions.