Original article by Andrew Tillett
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 12-Jun-18
Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick has sought to link his support for the Federal Government’s company tax cuts package to the construction of a new submarine fleet. Patrick has expressed concern about the cost of the 12 submarines and warned that he cannot support the tax package until the full cost of the new fleet is disclosed. The Senate budget estimates committee was recently told that it will cost about $A50bn to build the submarines, but Patrick estimates that they could cost taxpayers around $A200bn in total during their operational life.
CENTRE ALLIANCE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF DEFENCE, AUSTRALIAN STRATEGIC POLICY INSTITUTE LIMITED, NAVAL GROUP