This is interesting finance minister Simon Birmingham says the nuclear submarines that Australia announced plans to build yesterday will cost more than our previous plan for diesel power subs, which already had an eye-watering price tag of $90 billion!
Plus, it looks like we are set to purchase only eight of the nuclear subs, rather than the original 12.
Safe to say these aren’t coming cheap!
Birmingham spoke to ABC radio a short time ago:
Through much of our history, we have been a long way away from the centres of strategic competition. Now that centre of strategic competition is perhaps most profound in our own region across the Indo-Pacific.
Finalisation of those costs is something that will be assessed through the 12-18 month process we’re now embarking on with the UK and US…
The prime minister’s acknowledged that it will likely cost more than we had assessed for the conventionally-powered submarines.
Good morning everyone and well done, we made it to Friday! It’s Matilda Boseley here and first up let’s talk about picnics!
Yes, Melburnians are abuzz with weekend plans after the premier announced “modest” restriction changes from Saturday, including small outdoor gatherings, to mark Victoria reaching its 70% first dose vaccination target.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated adults will be able to meet up with one other person from a different household for a walk or picnic, while that figure grows to five from two households, plus dependents, for fully vaccinated adults.
There is one small complication though – an exemption to the current ban on removing masks to drink alcohol outside of the home has not been granted, effectively making it illegal to have a tipple during picnics unless done under the mask, through a straw.
Other rule changes from 11.59pm on Friday include a doubling of the amount of time allowed outdoors to four hours, the expansion of the travel limit from 5km to 10km, and the reopening of outdoor gym equipment and skate parks.
Now, zooming out, we are also potentially awaiting some movement with the returned traveller quarantine system, with the prime minister and state and territory ministers meeting today for national cabinet.
They will be discussing the possibility of at home quarantine for people arriving in Australia from abroad. Queensland and South Australia are already testing mobile applications for home quarantine and Scott Morrison wants to know when states and territories will be ready to take more international arrivals.
With that, why don’t we jump into the day? There is plenty to get through.