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Coalition pours scorn on Tony Abbott’s call for nuclear submarines

Tony Abbott rebuked by Marise Payne over criticism on nuclear submarine rejection, ABC News, 30 June 17 By political correspondent Louise Yaxley  One of Tony Abbott’s Coalition colleagues has warned the former prime minister he is damaging his credibility with recent speeches and interviews.

Mr Abbott wants the Government to consider nuclear-powered submarines, and criticised the capability of the subs that have been chosen.

Defence Minister Marise Payne has rebuked him, pointing out the list of problems preventing Australia choosing nuclear-propelled boats.

“We don’t have a civil nuclear industry, we don’t have the personnel or the experience or infrastructure, we don’t have the training facilities or regulatory systems that you would need to design to operate to construct a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines,” Senator Payne said.

And she reinforced Mr Abbott was prime minister when the process to choose new submarines started.

“What we are in fact doing is delivering the plan to acquire the plan that was set out and agreed by Tony Abbott and his team in 2015,” Senator Payne said……


July 1, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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