Speech to the Sydney Institute by The Hon. Greg Combet AM MP,
Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science
Wednesday 4 November 2009
Director of the Institute, Mr Gerard Henderson, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to talk to you tonight on the topic of “From Collins to Force 2030 – the Challenge of the Future Submarine” in order to highlight the importance of this project and deal with some of my roles and responsibilities as the Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science.
Submarines represent incredibly challenging demands in the combined fields of personnel, acquisition and procurement, and science.
The future submarine project is itself perhaps at the margins of Australia’s present scientific and technological capacity. We should not ignore the demanding nature of this project, which will require every bit of scientific, technological and industrial capacity that Australia can muster. And we will inevitably require assistance from our allies to succeed.
For this reason, I thought that you might be interested to know how we envisage setting about this challenging task. (end of excerpt)
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