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On breaking and making submarine-supply contracts

Ute Mueller writes: The Coalition government under Morrison needed a boost before the next election after it got nearly everybody offside with its botched COVID vaccine procurement. To update our submarine program and tell the constituency what was good for the country seemed to be a winner. However, there are ways of doing things, and there are certainly other ways of deceiving others and making enemies. Our government chose the latter.

Instead of involving the country we had a binding substantial contract with in our change of mind and ruminations, we sent it a letter expressing our satisfaction about the deal and the progress of it18 months into the negotiations with another country about another deal, only to reveal the next day the successful outcome of those negotiations. That has nothing to do with diplomacy. It is outright deception and disrespect, if not absolute foolishness.