Well govt also said we will divest ourselves of 2 IPVs to be replaced by an OPV as well, so apparently there is a precedent, govt just needs to stick to its plans. Doesn't matter where govt money goes as end of the day govt funds defence anyway, it's just a giant circle jerk.That's not the way it works, the money will go straight back to the consolidated fund for general government use. Once something is sold, it is gone for good because the government is the legal owner, not the defence force, hence the government charge for using it, deducted from the defence budget. The only thing in this sale for the defence force is a reduction, "small", of the government charge.
There is already provision in the current bushmaster contract for 12-14 more options, govt just has to sign off, where ever further funding is found is not really the point. What I am saying is bushmasters would actually be used whereby the LAVs were not, case and point the short lived engineer LAVs, vastly simplified training and operation on what is essentially an armoured truck would make that more than feasable.