The Abbott Government needs to commit to fully building new submarines in
AMWU National Secretary
"While we know that
"We want to see these vessels built with Australian ingenuity, by the skilled workforce we have in this country and maintained on these shores by the people that built them.
"This is a better option for the nation than simply importing a foreign design and assembling it here.
"The expertise and capacity that will be created by doing a full build in
"The immediate challenge facing the Australian shipbuilding industry is a slowdown in work in 2015.
"This "valley of death" will see workers leave the industry and our skills base and capacity decline, creating a risk that we may not be able to respond to a future increase in work.
"Should the Abbott Government not make those decisions and not include room in their first budget next year for the next build program then jobs and skills will be lost.
"This means that we may not be able to use the submarine project to do what it should do - be a springboard to an expanded defence shipbuilding industry.
"We can create a world-class shipbuilding industry here, if we have the work.
"The mining boom has carried
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