A Collins Class submarine in Sydney Harbour. Image from Flickr, courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy.

A Collins Class submarine in Sydney Harbour. Image from Flickr, courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy.

Submarines decision ultimately shows the merits of partisan debate on defence

25 April 2016

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Contrary to conventional wisdom, the announcement that French firm DCNS will build Australia’s next fleet of submarines came sooner – and in a better fashion – because of partisan politics.

This hugely technical, expensive and highly secret military capability has been the subject of major public debate, partisan divides and international media campaigns. It has been handled by four prime ministers and six defence ministers.

Like oil and water, party politics and good defence policy are presumed not to mix. And this process has been all about party politics.

Read the article - Submarines decision ultimately shows the merits of partisan debate on defence, by Dr Andrew Carr.

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