Jobs for the Hunter: Will the Hunter help build the Hunter Frigates?
Earlier this year, it was announced that $35 million would be spent to build nine new Frigates, called Hunter-Class.
They are being built by ASC Shipbuilding (owned by the Commonwealth), at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia and BAE Systems are also involved in the build of these advanced anti-submarine warships.
The Hunter class will begin entering service in the late 2020s replacing the eight Anzac class frigates, which have been in service since 1996.
With uncertainty surrounding the South and East China Seas, the Australian Government has been arming up our Navy with new ships and submarines. Whilst an international court has said that China’s historical rights claim over the seas is ‘baseless,’ the Chinese President has said that he will not give up one inch of territory but this is now turning into a high threat environment as Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, The Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam all believe that they have the right to access the resources o the East and South China Seas.
There is much defence funding going to South Australia and it makes me wonder, is the Liberal Government shoring up the seat of Sturt for Christopher Pyne?
This week, I told the Senate that the Hunter region in NSW has a proud history of shipbuilding and therefore it should be considered that aspects of building these frigates should be done in the Hunter – I want jobs created in NSW.
Senator BURSTON (New South Wales) 19 Sept 2018 (15:51): I move:
That the Senate:
(a) notes that:
(i) on 29 June 2018 the Government announced that nine new ‘Hunter-Class Frigates’ will be built in Osborne, South Australia,
(ii) the $50 billion, twelve new submarines are also to be built in Osborne, South Australia,
(iii) one of the names of the first three ships to be built will be HMAS Hunter, and
(iv) the Hunter region in NSW has a strong history of ship building and Defence build projects; and
(b) calls on the Government to:
(i) ensure that the Hunter region of NSW be included in the build phase of the frigates, as much as possible, and
(ii) reconsider giving the class of frigates a more apt name such as the Osborne-Class or the Sturt-Class or the SA-Class or maybe even the Pyne-Class.