In a piece published in the Adelaide Advertiser’s ‘Submarine Dossier’ today, Dr John Bruni, co-organiser of Adelaide’s first ever Sub Summit, urged the government and public servants to consider the public mood when undertaking defence acquisition projects.
Furthermore, Dr Bruni, director of Sage International, wrote that the public deserves an explanation as to why the federal government needs to spend such a significant amount of money on submarines.
“Do we need new submarines? Do we have to spend so much money on multi-year projects that often run over time and over budget? Where is the threat?
“These are legitimate questions that need clear and uncomplicated answers from those whom we elected to look after this nation-state, yet all we sense is a fait accompli and that is not good enough. It is the peoples’ money and the people have a right to the courtesy of an explanation.”
Dr Bruni went on to say that as well as letting the public know that buying platforms like submarines is not a waste of money, Australia needs to “stop beating ourselves up on past experiences”.
“Past experiences, especially if they were negative, are meant to be instructive so that we may learn and not repeat mistakes. Our experience with Collins had its teething issues, but we now have a fine boat – they are not ‘dud subs’.”
For just $47, members of the public can attend the Sub Summit’s ‘State of Play’ session tomorrow morning (March 25). Speakers include Defence Minister Kevin Andrews (representing Prime Minister Tony Abbott), Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, South Australian senators Sean Edwards and Nick Xenophon, Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence Senator David Feeney, and South Australian Minister for Defence Industries and Veterans Affairs Martin Hamilton-Smith.
Following the ‘State of Play’, national and international industry experts will take to the stage to give their insights, while the final day of the Summit (Thursday March 26) will see a number of plenary sessions be held. These will provide networking opportunities with influencers, industry decision makers, government officials, and supply chain experts.
Registrations for individual sessions or the entire Summit can still 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]