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Any news item that quotes Rex Patrick simply makes me roll my eyes.The billion I was refering to is the new icebreaker ship, which has a $1.9 billion budget for penguins and seals.
A new era of Australian Antarctic scientific endeavour and leadership
In that context, finding some money to help implement a wider pacific strategy to help the 10 million in our immediate region and our orbit probably isn't a bad thing. As I mentioned, some of the money is likely to come from refocusing funds from Asia, Africa, the middle east and south America. I would also suggest formulating a plan involving NZ and Japan and perhaps the US is quite likely.
I see the submarine deal issue isn't lying low in the press. Guardian has a story.
French submarine boss summoned to Canberra for crisis talks
Personally I think this isn't out of the ordinary really. Its a big project, you want to get the deal right, and negotiating with the french was always going to be tricky, plus we are only now seeing exactly what type of commercial arrangement that is likely to be implemented.
Combined with a story about possibly suppressing all media reports on the future subs and ship building.
Coalition's redaction of arms deal report sparks fears shipbuilding criticism will be suppressed
He and The Guardian are a good fit on submarine matters.