POSITIVE POLICY

Defending Australia – Future Frigates

Under Labor, Australia’s Future Frigates will be built, maintained and sustained in Australia.

For strategic defence reasons it is critical that Australia retains an independent shipbuilding capability here at home.

Having a truly world class shipbuilding sector will require a commitment to a continuous build program for our Future Frigates to ensure these vessels not only have the best technology at the best price but also maximise efficiency and workforce expertise.

Labor will provide Australian shipbuilders with the certainty they need to make investments and to recruit and retain the highly-skilled workforce needed to build these vital capabilities for Australia’s defence forces.

Expert advice is unequivocal; that anything less than a commitment to build the Future Frigates in Australia will put jobs at risk, along with our capacity to continue to be a world-class naval shipbuilding industry for the long term.