Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will give the opening address at next week’s Sub Summit – a three-day forum that kicks off at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Tuesday night with a VIP reception. The Opposition Leader confirmed his attendance to event organisers late last night.
Mr Shorten, who has visited Adelaide on many occasions to pressure the Abbott government to stand by its pre-election commitment to build Australia’s next fleet of submarines in South Australia, will give the opening address on Wednesday morning (March 25).
Dr John Bruni, one of the event organisers, said the presence of Mr Shorten is a coup and will give the Summit a “strategic edge”.
“We can’t simply ignore what the Opposition has to say on defence matters,” he said.
“They are a key part of the submarine story, going back to the 2009 Defence White Paper and the announcement of a 12 boat build. And should the ALP, in time, replace the current government, they need to present to the Australian people, defence industry, labourers at ASC and our submariners not just political rhetoric, but solid alternative policies.”
The Sub Summit (March 24-26) will host key industry figures in the national defence debate. They will discuss the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Future Submarine program and associated issues that, up until now, have largely been ignored or caught up in a web of political semantics. A full list of speakers and a copy of the Summit’s agenda is available on the website.
A number of networking opportunities will also be held during the Summit.
Registrations for individual sessions or the Summit as a whole can be made online:
State of Play – March 25, 9am-1pm ($47)
Ready to Dive – March 25, 9am-7pm ($667)
Full delegate pass – access all areas, including VIP cocktail reception ($1987)
Got to www.subsummit.com.au to find out more and to register your details.
For more information:
Mark Ryan 0411 060 632 / [email protected]
Brent Espeland 0411 863 226 / [email protected]
Dr John Bruni 0448 581 890 / [email protected]