[Note Robert Gottliebsen’s (Business Spectator Columnist, Melbourne) advice in Australia’s most prominent newspaper The Australian, September 15, 2015: Ten items that need to be on Malcolm Turnbull’s agenda ...“4. Turnbull needs to make it clear that Australia should build the next eight submarines in Adelaide, which means that either the German or French tenders must be accepted. The new prime minister should handle this carefully in order to let the Japanese exit gracefully. Having the Japanese build submarines was a crazy idea hatched in the [Abbott] Prime Minister’s Office.”]
Turnbull, as a former big businessman, might maintain the economic efficiency/cost savings of building the submarines overseas or what is perceived (or presented as) a "hybrid build" (perhaps 25% in Australia (including pressure hull steel) and 75% overseas).
Now that Turnbull has won the leadership the US Government might rapidly ask him/Australia to maintain the secret buy submarine from Japan deal.
- Christopher Pyne may become Defence Minister. He was pro-Abbott but appears to have shifted allegiance to Turnbull. Significantly Pyne is an MP representing an Adelaide electorate.
- Julie Bishop apparently wishes to remain Foreign Minister.
- Joe Hockey will not remain Treasurer as he ineffective and an Abbott loyalist.