Please provide your thoughts:
I am writing to express my concerns regarding the company ASC Pty Ltd. and their role in supplying the Australian Defence Force with ships and submarines.
My concern is that the role of National Security must surely be of utmost importance. This said, I question why it appears that a private company is being left solely with the responsibility of maintaining our fleet of submarines.
The logic follows: a company must return as great a profit as possible - the objective is to make money. If there is an opportunity for a company to make further profit on a particular project, than they will do what is needed to maximise the profit while still delivering the required outcomes (a minimalistic approach will result).
I find it extremely hard to understand why the Australian Government would allow a $3.5 billion contract to be signed to hand over the control of any part of national security to a private company.
Below ae some of the corporate objectives as outlined in ASC's Statement of Corporate Intent
- Create a long-term viable Australian business that is responsive to the needs of its customers, provides value for money, is attractive to investors and is an employer of choice;
- Ensure these objectives are met in a manner that will facilitate the timely privatisation of the company; andAdditionally, the criteria of success are listed, one being:
- Our investors – ASC is measured on acceptable and sustainable financial returns
This states clearly that part of their intent is to be making a financial return for it's members. Since when is it allowable for the safety of our country to be placed in the hands of a profiteering few. Please do not allow Australia take steps towards creating Haliburton, CACI, Titan or Bechtel.
National Defense is Australian Business and must remain in house and all aspects remain controlled by the Aust Government. The website for this company is listed below -
I look forward to hearing a justification and further clarification of the reasons behind such a decision being made (outsourcing defense).