Thursday, March 26th, 2015 - Sub Summit

After setting the national political agenda on day one, more than 100 delegates will gather today at  the Adelaide Convention Centre for day two of the inaugural Sub Summit.

Day two will again see a number of industry experts take to the stage and panel discussions held. 

These will feature the likes Defence Teaming Centre chief executive Chris Burns, Vice Admiral Chris  Ritchie AO, Dr David Kershaw from DSTO, and retired Japanese Vice Admirals Masao Kobayashi and Yoji Koda. 

Delegates will also have a number of networking opportunities with industry decision makers, government officials, and supply chain experts. 

Day one of the event (Wednesday March 25) saw Defence Minister Kevin Andrews – speaking on behalf of Prime Minister Tony Abbott – address Australia’s defence capability needs, highlighting the importance of the Defence White Paper set to be released in the second half of 2015.

“For its part, the Government will provide greater certainty to industry about key priorities and timeframes. On Defence’s side there needs to be improvements to acquisition practices to have more mature designs at the start of production and minimise changes during construction,” he said.

“However, in return, Government has an expectation that, and the ADF has a critical need for, the Australian shipbuilding industry to become more productive.”

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten laid out Labor’s plans for a bipartisan approach to the Future Submarine program.

“The decision of Australia’s Future Submarines is central to the national security interests of Australia until at least 2050 – well beyond the life of any government,” he said.

“Before the last election, the future construction of Australia’s submarine fleet was bipartisan, with both Liberal and Labor declaring the next generation of submarines will be built here (in Australia). Today’s policy announcement aims to restore that.”

Other day one speakers included DMO acting chief Harry Dunstall, head of the Future Submarine program Rear Admiral Gregory Sammut, and Australian Defence Magazine editor Katherine Ziesing. 

The day’s events were covered widely by local and international media: 

Australian opposition seeks Swedish involvement in submarine tender (Matt Siegel/ Reuters)

Former naval officers call for local submarine build (Natalie Whiting/ABC)

Channel 9 news report (Edward Godfrey)

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] 


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