AFL Services was invited to a SA Defence Industry Roundtable with the Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong and Shadow Minister Mark Butler on Monday, 27 September 2021, at Parliament House, North Terrace, Adelaide.

The purpose of the roundtable was to hear directly from AFL about both the challenges and the opportunities following this announcement.

Both the State and Federal Labor teams look forward to hearing views on how this decision will impact organisations now and into the future.

South Australian Labor welcomes the decision to keep Collins Class submarine full cycle docking at Osborne, it is something we have been campaigning on for more than three years.

We also welcome confirmation that Collins life-of-type extension will occur at Osborne as well as the decision for three Hobart class destroyers to undergo their combat management system upgrades from 2024, in Adelaide.

However, the decision to scrap the $90 billion Attack Class submarine project raises grave uncertainty about the future of thousands of South Australian jobs and billions of dollars of investment in SA. South Australian businesses have spent five years investing in staff, capital, research and development to prepare for the pipeline of work that was expected to come from the Attack Class submarine project.

No doubt this decision will represent a challenge for many South Australian businesses and workers. It is vital that we do all we can to avoid yet another valley of death. I want to hear firsthand from those who will be impacted most from the decision to cancel the Attack Class project.


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