A reader, known as Anonymous, provided the following:
Proposition 1 - We need twice as many submarines ie. 12.
Proposition 2 - The 12 should be "regionally superior".
Proposition 3 - If the goal is regional or State economic development then spreading Federal money
for plausible reasons is an end in itself.
: hence putting a price on the A$50 Billion does not present an obvious bargaining
failure, now or in 20 years time.
: Japan Inc. and TKMS did not understand that saving money had nothing to do with it. TKMS saying A$20 Billion could buy all 12 submarines positively sealed its own fate.
Proposition 4 - The major providers have years of notice that they are the only major providers, and
there are no other conceivable customers. So all are comfortably catered for, for
Proposition 5 - As with other Projects any major management problems will be rectified by adding
more Management companies at greater cost rather than removing Management
companies to save money.
Proposition 6 - No competitive structures, eg. duopolies, are conceivable at the priceless end of the
shipbuilding industry once a definite number of A$Billions in public money is
promised for decades.
Proposition 7 - Savings on small items, from small suppliers, under industry offset
arrangements, will be trumpeted - definitely not the main money for the monopoly
Proposition 8 - No-one will rock the boat because those in the know either benefit from industry
connections or government connections or both,
Anonymous asks "Is all this responsible, fair and inevitable?"