A key aim of the upcoming Sub Summit is to replace misinformation being peddled about the Future Submarines project, replacing it with industry-specific knowledge, expertise and insights.
Three words – “competitive evaluation process” – reflect the political spin surrounding the Future Submarines project. Therefore, beyond all the semantics in Canberra, many key points in the debate are getting lost. At the forefront of these is that, simply, Australia is perfectly positioned to construct our next fleet of submarines.
In a recent InDaily article (Stop the political spin, March 11), retired Royal Australian Navy submarine commander Rod Fayle summed it up perfectly:
“On the question of an Australian build, I have trouble answering: why not? Do we still have some sort of cringe or fear? Come on Canberra. We can do it. We have just proven that with the Collins.
“We have also completed a very successful similarly complex Anzac Ship build program in Melbourne. We build huge infrastructure projects. We are a capable nation and if we need some particular skill, we can get that as we did with the Collins project.”
The key intention of the Sub Summit, to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from March 24-26, is to provide an unbiased forum on all things submarines and shipbuilding.
Speakers at the event include a range of former practitioners, including event organiser Mark Ryan, a retired Wing Commander who has had a 25-year involvement with the submarine force. He is now the Hargraves Institute’s advocate for South Australia.
“The discussion surrounding the impending decisions on the next generation of submarines has been littered with political undertones. We intend on cutting through the spin while hearing from a range of experts who have involved a various levels within the industry,” Mr Ryan said.
Former ASC chief executives Hans Ohff and Steve Ludlam are just two of many speakers who have first-hand experience in the sector. Additionally, Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s office has confirmed that he will give the opening address, while Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will also address the crowd.
The three-day Sub Summit boasts a high profile list of speakers and delegates. It will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on March 24-26. Got to www.subsummit.com.au to find out more and to register your details.