My only comment on Submarines is that the French Barracuda we were buying operates as a nuclear submarine. We (insanely) wanted a special diesel version. At some point the nuclear Gordian Knot exists to be cut. We need a much larger domestic nuclear industry esp nuclear power.
The French pitched a diesel electric version of a very good nuclear submarine that they build and operate.…
No one is a stronger supporter of our UK/US alliance than 'moi' but we will needlessly insult the French (who are very reliable and capable allies in the Indo-Pacific and the Middle East) unless this is handled very delicately
Will only add that nuclear powered submarines (indeed, ships, too) have always made obvious sense for Australia given the ranges that we need to operate at & Canberra now needs to build out a large and enduring nuclear infrastructure to support it.
TL:DR given Australia's 'Indo Pacific' (and beyond) security requirements, we should always have been acquiring nuclear-powered submarines & therefore been partnering with the French (or UK or US) to build a local version of their operational nuclear powered submarine. Image
The French have every right to be aggrieved with the means as well as ends here. The French were building for us a diesel electric version of their very capable Barracuda nuclear submarine. It would have been politic to allow an expedited re-tender. (Via @HerveLemahieu ) Image
Further to the above: there is no realistic way to have & maintain a nuclear submarine force without a large-scale domestic nuclear industry & supporting STEM career pathways. Australia with ~30% of the world's uranium should be thinking big inc zero emissions nuclear power.
Ironically, of all first world countries, the French have the most advanced use of Nuclear power for 70-75% of their domestic energy needs - why France as a G7 country has such low emissions. Australia should be learning from, not pushing away, France. Hopefully sense is seen.

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