Double-victory for Liberal senator
|01/07/2018||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
PHONE CALL…Senator Sean Edwards received a crucial phone call from Prime Minister Tony Abbott.Clare-based Senator Sean Edwards is celebrating a double-victory.
At the weekend the South Australian Liberal said he would stand by Prime Minister Tony Abbott in today’s leadership spill motion if the Federal Government gave South Australia the opportunity to tender for a submarine project worth up to $40 billion.
Mr Abbott responded yesterday that the government would have a competitive tendering process for the project.
This was enough for Senator Edwards to throw his weight behind the embattled Liberal leader to vote against a leadership spill at Parliament House in Canberra this morning.
This motion for a spill of positions was defeated 61-39 so Senator Edwards is celebrating a double-victor, being the news of the submarine-building opportunity and the continuation of Mr Abbott’s leadership.
Senator Edwards said yesterday he had an assurance from the Prime Minister that South Australian shipbuilders would be given the opportunity to secure the contract for Australia’s next submarine program.
“I scored a big win for South Australia with an assurance from the Prime Minister that the Australian Submarine Corporation and South Australian shipbuilders will be given the opportunity to tender for the Future Submarine contract,” he said.
“I have always said that South Australian shipbuilders have enough expertise and runs on the board to entitle them to put their hat in the ring. They are now being given that opportunity.”
Senator Edwards is deputy chairman of the Senate Economics References Committee inquired into the future of Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry in the last year.
The inquiry heard from many experts including Coalition defence adviser Dr John White.
“This is the result I have been advocating for since I announced my position in October last year. I have been lobbying the Prime Minister, the Defence Ministers and my colleagues and hearing this from the Prime Minister on the phone was very welcome,” Senator Edwards said.
“This gives South Australian shipbuilders the opportunity to secure a contract potentially worth tens of billions of dollars and represents a full generation of shipbuilding jobs for South Australia.”
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