2016 Lowy Institute polling: majority of Australians favour a local build for next-generation submarines

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Australians have strong views on where Australia’s next submarines should be built, with the latest Lowy Institute polling finding that 70% of Australian adults want the submarines ‘built mainly in Australia, even if this will cost us more’.

Only 26% say ‘the submarines should be built at the best possible price, even if this means they are mainly built overseas’.

The site of the submarine construction project has been a topic of considerable public and political debate, with pressure to involve Australian shipbuilders and labour to stimulate the domestic economy and provide jobs.

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