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On 6 May 2016, the Australian Defence Minister was quoted saying that the government will require at least 70% local content requirement in a submarine contract discussed with the French shipbuilder DCNS.
The Defence Ministry also reiterated its promise of using Australian steel in the production. Previously, on 26 April 2016, PM Turnbull said that "I am determined that every dollar we spend on defence procurement as far as possible should be spent in Australia (...) You see, a strong Australia, a strong and secure Australia does not depend alone upon the physical capabilities that our Defence Forces have. The ships and the planes and the submarines, it depends on a strong defence industry and we have not had enough continuous investment in our defence industry, in our advanced manufacturing. This is what our whole naval ship building plan demonstrates, a commitment across the decades, across the generations, that will see well past the middle of this century - ships and submarines being built here and the technology and the skills, the know-how, the science that will come from that, will not simply sustain a better navy, it will do that, but it will also ensure the spillover benefits right across the economy".
In the same press conference, when asked whether the submarine would be built hybrid overseas or locally, the Prime Minister went on to state "Firstly the cost implications of an overseas hybrid or a local build were comprehensively examined and weighed up and were the subject of submissions from the three parties that made offers pursuant to the competitive evaluation process. So yes we have taken that into account. The characteristics of the steel that will be required will obviously await the completion of the design process, but our commitment is that that steel will be made - will be Australian steel".
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