Former deputy prime minister John Anderson says defence policy “has to come first’, as he advocates for buying or leasing nuclear submarines from the UK and US before building them in Australia.

“I think we need to clearly establish as well, that there is a difference between industry policy and defence policy and at the moment, defence policy has to come first,” Mr Anderson told Sky News host Peta Credlin.

“If we muck around forever trying to re-design the subs, and then try and build them here … we will, I think just leave ourselves more exposed.”

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