Australian shipbuilding plan

As the collective anger and disappointment gathers strength across the country over Malcolm Turnbull’s signature infrastructure policy the National Broadband Network-Lite, an even costlier policy is taking shape in the form of the National Shipbuilding Plan (NSP).

The bold project that will, in the words of senior naval officers at the Submarine Institute of Australia’s recent annual conference in Adelaide, “allow Australia (as an island nation) to take its rightful place” as a shipbuilding nation. The scope for cost blowout, delays and poor scoping and technology divisions such a massive and highly complex undertaking are almost endless but the rewards for success are also substantial and potentially nation-changing.