The Advertiser – Submarines Op Ed

Christopher Pyne says people who question the government’s handling of the Attack Class Submarine project are demonstrating “weirdness”, lack wisdom and intelligence and demonstrate a “lack of maturity. Mr Pyne says that the Australian polity finds the submarine project to big and complicated ‘ to ‘digest’. Perhaps it is because Australians fear the taxpayers biggest…

InDaily – SA has a lot more to lose if WA snaffles subs work

If sustainment of the Collins Class submarines goes west, it could set off a cascading chain of lost work for the Adelaide shipyards, writes former state defence industries minister Martin Hamilton-Smith. So why aren’t South Australian politicians fighting harder? Moving full cycle docking from ASC’s Osborne shipyard in SA to Fremantle in WA would be…

Editorial: Do the Right Thing

OUR state and commonwealth founders did not mention political parties in the constitutions for a reason. Your correspondents N. Longbottom (The Advertiser, 7/10/17) and P. Lock and G. Mudge (The Advertiser, 9/10/17) are modern-day fans of the major party system. It is a system which has mechanised our democracy into a gladiatorial conflict that often…

Hills Transport Forum

I will be hosting a Hills Transport Forum with Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan at Blackwood on June 28. We will be discussing the recent announcements of the Blackwood roundabout upgrade, Springbank Road, Daws Road, Goodwood Road intersection upgrade and other hills transport issues. Details of the forum can be found here Please RSVP by calling 8271…

National Defence Congress focuses on naval shipbuilding

Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith has called upon the Federal Government to commit to a continuous build of frigates and submarines in Australia, and for the Offshore Patrol Vessels to be built in South Australia. “Naval shipbuilding will feature prominently at the national Australian Defence Magazine Congress in Canberra today, as a critical element…