Tasmanian politicians want explanation why Land 400 vehicle bid failed

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Tasmania’s north-west has been disappointed the state’s bid to make 225 combat vehicles failed last week.

The consortium seeking the work on the light armoured vehicles for Land 400 included Burnie’s Elphinstone Group and Hobart’s CBG. Success would’ve seen 150 and 20 jobs respectively created over five years at the two businesses.

Braddon state Labor MP Justine Keay said an explanation was needed, and the Team Sentinel proposal featured over 70 per cent Australian industry content.

“It is my understanding no other bid can guarantee that level of Australian content and I would be very interested to hear from the Coalition if they believe that is the case?” Keay told The Advocate.

“The North West Coast has the advanced manufacturing capability to do this work and it is difficult to fathom why the bid has not been progressed.”

Liberal Premier Will Hodgmann also expressed disappointment, claiming last week that his state received less than 0.03 per cent on $30 billion spent on defence.