Sharkie must back $50 billion submarine investment in SA

02 Oct 2018

The Coalition Government’s $50 billion investment to build the nation’s new fleet of submarines in South Australia is a hard-won gain which requires the full support of every elected representative in the State.

Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer said a call by Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick to “walk away” from the Future Submarine Program showed his party did not care about South Australian jobs or industry.

“The Future Submarine Program was won on merit by South Australian industry with strong support from Coalition Government MPs representing the State such as Christopher Pyne, now the Minister for Defence,” Ms Downer said.

“Walking away from the program or renegotiating a new supplier opens the risk it will go to another state.

“It just goes to show how out-of-touch the Centre Alliance/SA Best party is when they call to scrap this enormous investment in our State.

“Centre Alliance/SA Best won’t support deregulated shopping hours in Adelaide despite overwhelming support for it from Adelaide shoppers, are opposed to capping council rates and bringing down the cost of living for South Australians, and now they want to scrap a $50 billion investment in our State which South Australians also strongly support.

“Voters in Mayo have every right to expect their own representative to denounce Senator Patrick’s call to sabotage the South Australian economy and sacrifice thousands of jobs.

“Rebekha Sharkie must go public and state her unequivocal support for the $50 billion Future Submarine Program.”