The request, issued this afternoon by Austal, said the company's reason for the request was "pending an announcement in a relation to a material government shipbuilding contract". Austal is part of a joint venture with German company Fassmer for the build of the 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels. Dutch company Damen and German business Lürssen are also in the running for the project and have each teamed with ASC and Civmec/Forgacs for their bids.
Sir Roger Carr, who has chaired BAE Systems since 2014, praised the efforts of Defence Minister Marise Payne and Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne for leading the charge in their commitment to delivering skills and jobs for future generations within the defence industry. "There is no better example of government and industry working in harmony today in pursuit of shared objectives, than here in the defence industry of Australia," Sir Roger said.
Speaking at the fourth Submarine Science, Technology and Engineering Conference in Adelaide, opposition defence spokesman Richard Marles said the SEA 1000 project fell victim to political interference. "The subs procurement was played as chip in a leadership contest, tossed around the government party room in an effort to secure leadership votes in early 2015," Marles said.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".