The Australian’s Foreign Editor Greg Sheridan says the nuclear-powered submarine deal Australia has with the United Kingdom and America is going to “unravel”.
“First of all, we can’t possibly build it in Adelaide, that’s just ridiculous, we don’t know anything about building nuclear submarines,” Mr Sheridan told Sky News host Alan Jones.
“It’ll take us 15 years to train a workforce, the thousands of contractors you’d have to have involved with stuff certified for use in a nuclear submarine.
“But we’ll persist with this fiction because no government will be brave enough to say to Adelaide, you can’t build nuclear subs, then at some point we’ll work out it’s too expensive, it’s too far away and so we won’t abandon it, but we’ll say we’re going to get there eventually.
“At the moment, the government has had a tremendous political victory and it’s done it so brilliantly because it doesn’t have to spend a dollar, it doesn’t have to do anything, it can just have a committee meeting for 18 months and everybody thinks we’ve got nuclear subs.”