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The former Liberal prime minister had claimed that the ships could be delivered by 2030. However, the new Labor Party’s defense minister, Richard Marles, dismissed this claim as “too optimistic”.

Mr. Marlis tore Mr. Morrison and the previous National Liberal Administration, criticizing them for their “inaction” and “failures”.

“The fact of where the previous government left us at election time is that they were looking for a new nuclear submarine in the 1940s,” he said.

“This is where they were.

“We will look at every available option to try to bring that time forward.

“I think bringing it to eight years from now would be very optimistic.

“Their inaction, failure, and bracelets have effectively opened up a capacity (a gap) for 20 years and what is now a gap that we intend to do our best to fill.”

The capacity gap is the retirement of older Collins-class submarines and new ships.

A defensive nuclear submarine task force is underway halfway through an 18-month “scope plan” to decide which nuclear ship to choose Canberra.

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Abdullah warned that the defense pact could risk a regional arms race.

At a joint news conference with his Australian counterpart Penny Wong, he told reporters on Tuesday that his government’s position “has not changed.”

“We want to maintain the South China Sea in particular and the region as a whole as an area of ​​peace, trade and prosperity,” he said.

“We had a very frank discussion on AUKUS now and I thank the (Australian) foreign minister for explaining the government’s position.

Malaysia’s position has not changed. I mentioned it to the foreign minister.”

However, in response, Mr. Marles sought to downplay Malaysia’s concerns.

He said, “We’re really confident the way we go about it doesn’t do that. It’s a very important principle.”

“No precedents will be set. It is important that we be transparent as we modernize our military while spending more on defence.

“To accompany this with the reassurance of statecraft so that our neighbors may have a sense of confidence about why we have acquired the abilities we are and for what purpose.”

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