Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that he will make Adelaide a national centre that will feature numerous defence industry jobs worth $230 million.
He made the announcement while in South Australia for a three day pre-election tour. He added that the Centre for Defence Industry Capability will work in collaboration with businesses and foster innovation and export. Turnbull announced this on Monday morning prior to a Cabinet meeting in Adelaide as well as his trip to Whyalla. South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill asked the prime minister to save 3,000 jobs at steel manufacturer Arrium in this supposed trip.
“We’ll be wanting to have a shared commitment to the future of Arrium. We’ve certainly got a proposition to put to the Commonwealth,” Weatherill said as quoted by the Adelaide Now. “The company is going to have to do a lot of heavy lifting, the workers have been asked to do a lot of heavy lifting. If the state and the Commonwealth are being asked to make a contribution, we expect to see some skin in the game from Arrium.”
Turnbull claimed that the new centre or headquarter for defence jobs will help improve the bond between the industry and defence sector. “This is a 10-year, $230 million investment that will create more jobs and drive growth in Adelaide and across the country,” he said.
The Centre for Defence Industry Capability is believed to be set up at the naval shipbuilding hub at Osborne. It will serve as a cornerstone of the Defence White Paper recently released by the Australian government. According to reports, the centre will shelter dozens of high-end industry economists along with experts and analysts.
According to SBS Australia, a major proportion of the expenditures outlined in the Defence White Paper, according to the plans, will be offered to South Australia and will be spent on new frigates and offshore patrol vessels to be built across the operational areas.