The Centre has received a boost recently with the announcement by the United States Air Force that Australia has been selected as a heavy maintenance base for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Stealth Fighter.
The JSF has been a mismanaged programme where a dozen governments including Australia have tried to settle on one airframe that can be adapted to differing uses, including aboard aircraft carriers. Australia was told by our US allies that we'd be purchasing 100 - with the cost per copy having risen from $50M each to $115M each - and still climbing. With spare parts $115 Billion to the Aussie taxpayers, in a time where the LNP is trying to cut costs everywhere. And
|I AGREE MR. PRIME MINISTER, WE JUST FILLED|
IT WITH PETROL, AND IT'S A RIPOFF. BUT
PETROL IS STILL $1.35/litre IN FNQ UNLIKE THE
REST OF AUSTRALIA. AND ENTSCH
HAS DONE BUGGER-ALL TO FIX IT!
The F-35's being provided Australia are "degraded" designs less stealthy than those being provided to the UK, Holland, Canada, & Italy. This was agreed by the Kevin Rudd Circus II.
Just before the Christmas holiday, Australia was awarded a heavy maintenance facility contract by Lockheed Martin, with the other regional contract going to Japan. And in a stunning rebuke of the Japanese, the South Koreans have snubbed the maintenance facility in Japan for their F-35's, instead telling the US government that their 40 fighters would be serviced in Australia.
The Cairns Aviation Skills Centre could be at the forefront of
training our next generation of highly-paid aviation mechanics - with the opening of the JSF Australian Maintenance Facility scheduled for 2018. This will require additional funding from the Federal LNP Government. However Member for Leichhardt Entsch, who was formerly the fuckup shadow whip, has seen increased alienation from all his parliamentary mates as he's been relegated to the last row and told to STFU. So close is he to the shithouse the DPS stores extra rolls of toilet paper under his desk. With Entsch just this week advocating a Queensland Insurance Office at the same time the rest of his LNP mates are busy
So while Entsch keeps telling the hillbilly voter in Cairns that he'll get us a rectangular stadium, a tunnel to Weipa, a secret billionaire to replace Tony Fung, and free liquor deliveries for everyone, a project poised to deliver REAL jobs to the young people in Cairns is ignored by this dipshit member.