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Labor talks up SA jobs risk from new subs deal

Labor will push to have Australian jobs written into any new submarine contract and has criticised the Morrison Government for leaving businesses high and dry after tearing up the $90b French deal.

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The USS Illinois - a US Virginia Class nuclear submarine. Photo: Michael B. Zingaro/US Navy via AP
Opinion

Can Adelaide's shipyard build a nuclear sub? The questions pile up

In part two of his deep dive into the many uncertainties facing an Australian nuclear submarine program, Kevin Naughton pulls apart the enormous costs of converting Australia’s shipbuilding infrastructure to build American nuclear subs and other potential barriers to local construction.

News

Macron in no rush for Morrison talks or ambassador return

French President Emmanuel Macron would be ready to speak with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison if the talks were “prepared in a serious manner,” an official says, but there is no word on when France will return its ambassador to Australia.

Opinion

The giant question mark over SA's role in nuclear submarine push

Australia’s nuclear submarine ambition has few knowns and many unknowns – and one of these casts a giant shadow over South Australia’s role. Kevin Naughton analyses the uncertainties and responsibilities that come with owning a set of submarine-encased nuclear reactors and more than 220 tonnes of nuclear waste per boat.

Opinion

Australia still looks for a protector

Ditching French submarines for the AUKUS regional security embrace shouldn’t surprise given Australia’s historic desire for friends in high places, argues Romain Fathi.