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South Australian shipbuilding criticises Japanese Government submarine plan

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Australian industry would be involved in the construction of the navy's new submarines but Japan would be responsible for assembling the boats, under a proposal reportedly floated by the Japanese Government.

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Proponents of South Australian shipbuilding criticised the plan, dismissing it as a "con of a compromise".

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government had proposed that Japan and Australia jointly develop the Future Submarines, Japan's Mainichi Shimbun newspaper reported.

If the Federal Government accepted the offer, Japan's defence ministry would cooperate with Australia in developing special steel and other materials for its new submarines.

Acting federal Labor Defence spokeswoman Gai Brodtmann said Defence Minister Kevin Andrews should commit to the government's pre-election promise to build 12 submarines at Osborne.

"He needs to keep the government's promise to build 12 new submarines in Adelaide," she said.

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