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Conference to look at submarine jobs

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November 14, 2017

Defence Industries Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith says the submarine project will expand local jobs.

Securing and maximising local jobs on Australia's new submarine construction project will be a key focus of a conference in Adelaide.

The fourth Submarine Science, Technology and Engineering Conference will be opened by South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and federal Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne on Tuesday.

SA Defence Industries Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith says the state government is currently exploring how local workers can benefit from the thousands of jobs set to flow from the $50 billion project.

"Our state is recognised as Australia's home of naval shipbuilding, in an industry which is crucial to our economic development and attracting investment, driving innovation and creating jobs of the future," Mr Hamilton-Smith said.

"Our attention has been and continues to be focused on the high-tech advanced manufacturing job opportunities that will flow on from this future shipbuilding program, which will be pivotal to transitioning the state's economy."

Mr Hamilton-Smith said he was also hoping the federal government would use the conference to provide an assurance that construction contracts specify that an Australian company will have "prime carriage" of building the submarines and future frigates.

If Australia wants to develop a genuine sovereign naval shipbuilding capability, then an Australian company should own at least 51 per cent of the shipbuilder carrying out the work, the minister said.

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