Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Australia to lease nuclear submarines from USA, UK?

Dutton may consider leasing nuclear subs, Canberra Times, Colin Brinsden  19 Sept

  The federal government is prepared to lease nuclear submarines from the US while its own fleet is being built, Defence Minister Peter Dutton says.  Last week, Australia entered into a surprise regional security pact with the US and the UK, known as AUKUS, which includes building US nuclear submarines but these will not be ready until the late 2030s.

Asked on Sky News’ Sunday Agenda program whether the government would consider leasing nuclear submarines in the interim, Mr Dutton said: “The short answer is yes”.

“There is all of that discussion to take place in the next 12 to 18 months,” he said………

The technology used by Britain and the US means the reactor does not need to be refuelled for the life of the submarine – about 35 years.

“Therefore, we don’t need a domestic industry around nuclear,” Mr Dutton said.

“That is a game changer for the Labor party and we wanted to make sure that this was a bi-partisan effort.”

While Labor backs the government’s decision, one of its frontbenchers, Ed Husic, said it is typical of the coalition that as soon as events start to unravel, they try to shift responsibility to someone else. https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7436344/dutton-may-consider-leasing-nuclear-subs/

September 20, 2021 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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