Defence department accused of locking Australian firms out of submarine contract

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Senator Rex Patrick says decision to have French firm to carry out design and build work in Australia is ‘treachery’
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The Department of Defence has been deliberately working to ensure Australian shipbuilders are removed from the naval program, the South Australian senator Rex Patrick has warned.

New documents on the submarine program, released late on Thursday, show the successful French tenderer for the Future Submarines, Naval Group (then DCNS) was prepared to partner with the Adelaide-based ASC in the build, but defence later rejected that proposal in favour of giving the build to a foreign designer.

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