The Minister for Industry has overseen the Clean Technology Innovation Fund allocate money to a contentious project that has yet to pass environmental and health regulatory requirements. Senator Ludlam asks a few pointed questions about this process and what the government is doing to assess the plant's possible impacts.
Universal service of internet, and the cross-subsidy where the lucrative urban market subsidises the satellite and the wireless needed to service the outback and other remote locations, was once a very firm policy commitment of the Abbott government. But now when asked if it is government policy, Senator Fifield goes to ask his superiors, who direct us to a review they've set up- and we wouldn't be surprised if that review is a prelude to another canned coalition commitment.
Despite Senator Fifield stating there is "No change in prospect" regarding government policy on SBS advertising levels, Minister Turnbull refuses to rule out what options the 'efficiency study' has considered. Given this government's track record on promises, we're not at all confident in Senator Fifield's prediction of 'no change in prospect'.
One of the greatest concerns about the F35 Joint Strike Fighter is it's sub-par air-superiority performance, relative to the F-22. This was not helped in any way by the Chief of US Air Combat Command, General Mike Hostage,—saying on the 3 February this year: "If I do not keep that F-22 fleet viable, the F-35 … will be irrelevant. [It] is not built as an air superiority platform."
Scott asked our Air-Marshal to explain the comment, or the context which it was taken out of.
There are a number of divergent views on the flight-performance of the JSF, and many of them are not flattering. Yet we've been waived away again and again with the reasoning that it's a 'fifth generation fighter'.
But when put to question on what that term means, exactly- we've been told that "terms are open to interpretation for marketing purposes by aircraft manufacturers", and that the ways the JSF fail some 5th generation fighter definitions aren't important.