Labor limited defence policy debate to procurement

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By Katherine Manstead*

In a major address at the National Press Club on Tuesday, shadow defence minister Richard Marles doubled down on the Australian Labor Party’s criticisms of Australia’s troubled future submarine program.

The address was teasingly billed as a rare moment of departure from the conventional bipartisanship of Australian defence policy. In comments widely picked up by the mediabefore the address, Marles argued that the government’s handling of the submarines project has ‘profoundly compromised’ Australia’s national security.

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