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Post time 2015-2-10 16:03:45 |Display all floors
CANBERRA - Australia's Defense Minister Kevin Andrews has dampened hopes that an Australian company might yet win the contract to build Australia's next generation of submarines.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week gave South Australian company, Australian Submarine Corporation, renewed hope it would win the lucrative construction contract but Andrews on Tuesday moved to clarify the government's ...

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Post time 2015-2-10 16:05:17 |Display all floors
>the then Defense Minister Senator David Johnston ... saying he would not trust it (ASC) to "build a canoe."<

I think there's no need for ASC to build even a good canoe. Australia is in an enviable position in that it has no real enemies, despite its "defense" pact with some distant nations. It should therefore focus on maintaining this position, and avoid making unnecessary enemies. Thus any submarine would do, so long as it could prevent water from seeping inside, whether above or under water. Of course building canoes would be better, as they could be used for sports. But we never know: if the silly, voyeuristic, beach volleyball could become an Olympic event, why not submarine racing?

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