Prime Minister Scott Morrison refused to put a timeline on deciding whether to move the Collins Class full-cycle docking maintenance to Western Australia.
“The process is continuing and the decision will be made in Australia’s national interest. I can’t confirm that you’ll get it before Christmas,” Morrison told FIVEaa Radio on Monday.
“It’s not a small decision, it’s not one to be made rashly, and it’s not one that will be decided on politics or parochialism. It’ll be made on the capabilities and the needs of that program.”
Senate powerbroker Rex Patrick has warned he and Centre Alliance colleague Stirling Griff will be “much harder to deal with” if the government splits the Defence contract.
There has been some speculation the 700 shipyard jobs will be split 60-40 in South Australia’s favour.
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