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Paul Pless
01-29-2018, 05:58 AM
Australia currently resides outside the top twenty of world's largest arms sellers. They plan to crack into the top ten by selling weapons to the New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. lol

So you guys are willing to pump $4 billion of taxpayer money into a non existent arms industry, yet you were unwilling to spend a mere $1 billion to save your own auto industry. That seems rather American of you guys!

Pity about those Spitfires. ;)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/28/australia-unveils-plan-to-become-one-of-worlds-top-10-arms-exporters

PeterSibley
01-29-2018, 06:06 AM
A very strange and nasty idea ..... as if there aren't enough weapons in the world already. Someone will be along shortly to praise the idea .Guess who?

Paul Pless
01-29-2018, 06:07 AM
Dunc? no way
Sku?? unlikely

:D

PeterSibley
01-29-2018, 06:14 AM
I'll leave it hanging .:D

WX
01-29-2018, 06:19 AM
Australia currently resides outside the top twenty of world's largest arms sellers. They plan to crack into the top ten by selling weapons to the New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. lol

So you guys are willing to pump $4 billion of taxpayer money into a non existent arms industry, yet you were unwilling to spend a mere $1 billion to save your own auto industry. That seems rather American of you guys!

Pity about those Spitfires. ;)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/28/australia-unveils-plan-to-become-one-of-worlds-top-10-arms-exporters

What gave you the impression we had our own? Even the first Holden was a cut down US design. We just manufactured Australian designed cars for foreign owned car companies like Ford, GMH and Toyota.
This is what we are going to sell.
https://www.army.gov.au/sites/g/files/net1846/f/images/page/20140505army8517500_055_460x306px.jpg

Our government won't even trust our...ahem, ship building industry to build a few subs...we're getting the French to do that.

skuthorp
01-29-2018, 06:21 AM
Re #3, Voldemort……………..

The PM is a bit desperate looking at the polls, the previous PM did not like unionised industries so the cars and the expertise had to go. There's a deal of conflict within the ruling conservatives, some think the PM is not conservative enough. From outside he's either been telling fibs or has sold his principles to retain his job. I haven't really looked where these jobs are but this may be just the beginning of pork barrelling for the next election. or just posturing to the US as usual. On the other side the Foreign Minister who is probably the most competent and most popular Conservative politician in the country is recommending caution lest we kill the goose that lays it's golden eggs in our economy.

Voldemort will have another opinion of course…………..:D

The Bigfella
01-29-2018, 07:19 AM
Meanwhile, Boeing charges the US taxpayer $24 million for two new fridges in Air Force One:

Two new refrigerators are to be installed on Air Force One at a cost of nearly $US24 million.

The bill for one the most expensive kitchen refurbishments in history was listed among a series of other contracts in a dry statement that was slipped out by the defence department just before Christmas.

The US air force needed two new “chillers” for the presidential jet, which has five on board. The Boeing Corporation, which is not known as a major player in the kitchen and white goods industry, had agreed to design, test and manufacture two magnificent new prototypes for cold food stowage, for $23.7m.

This agreement was spotted by the news website Defense One, which was told that the cost of the new refrigerators was due to the extreme demands that would be placed on them. Not even the most overworked office fridge, packed with old yoghurts and long-forgotten lentils, could match the capacity of the Air Force One fridges, which are expected to store 3000 meals and feed a president and his retinue for weeks on end. Each refrigerator needed to contain 70 cubic feet of storage space, an air force spokeswoman said.

Catering crew aboard the jet are forbidden from sourcing presidential cheeseburgers from foreign suppliers while overseas, according to ABC News. They can provide almost anything the leader of the free world desires, although the jet lacks a chip fryer, and the chips served on board are said to be “a bit soggy”.

The old refrigerators have been aboard Air Force One since 1990 and have served five presidents, including Bill Clinton, who was keen on jelly, and George W Bush, who wanted Texas barbecue while on foreign trips. “The units were based on the technology at the time and designed for short-term food storage,” an air force spokeswoman told The Washington Post. “The units are unable to effectively support mission requirements for food storage.”

The price of the new models stunned political observers. “We would have been impeached,” Eric Schultz, a former aide to President Obama, said on Twitter.

The Times

The Bigfella
01-29-2018, 07:23 AM
I know the chief salesman. He's doing a good job... just sold some more Bushmasters to Japan

http://www.todayonline.com/sites/default/files/styles/new_app_article_detail/public/photos/43_images/31786124.JPG?itok=M2xhK9pl

Phil Y
01-30-2018, 04:02 PM
Our Prime Minister and most of his party are idiots. Not as bad as Trump, but bloody stupid all the same.

WX
01-30-2018, 04:21 PM
I know the chief salesman. He's doing a good job... just sold some more Bushmasters to Japan

http://www.todayonline.com/sites/default/files/styles/new_app_article_detail/public/photos/43_images/31786124.JPG?itok=M2xhK9pl
Good to see they blacked the tires for the occasion.:)

The Bigfella
01-30-2018, 04:23 PM
Our Prime Minister and most of his party are idiots. Not as bad as Trump, but bloody stupid all the same.

Thanks for that helpful analysis.

john welsford
01-30-2018, 04:55 PM
I know the chief salesman. He's doing a good job... just sold some more Bushmasters to Japan

http://www.todayonline.com/sites/default/files/styles/new_app_article_detail/public/photos/43_images/31786124.JPG?itok=M2xhK9pl

We've got a hundred or so light armoured vehicles that they could have had cheap.

John Welsford

switters
01-31-2018, 11:53 AM
I know the chief salesman. He's doing a good job... just sold some more Bushmasters to Japan

http://www.todayonline.com/sites/default/files/styles/new_app_article_detail/public/photos/43_images/31786124.JPG?itok=M2xhK9pl

Impressive, how big were the energy polarizers?