'Thousands of jobs' as combat billions to flow into Qld
A POWERFUL bloc of Queensland's federal Coalition MPs has united to win a multibillion-dollar contract to build war machines in a bid to help reset the state's economy and guarantee jobs for the next three decades.
Putting aside personality tensions, "Team Queensland" has launched an audacious campaign to kill off Victoria's chances of securing the project by lobbying Malcolm Turnbull and the two multinational companies in the running.
Land 400 is one of the Defence Department's biggest projects in history.
Under phase two, about 225 state-of-the-art combat reconnaissance vehicles will be built, costing taxpayers up to $5 billion but gifting local manufacturers with supply chain and maintenance work for about 30 years.
About 150 of the killing machines will be based in Queensland to support brigades in Townsville and Enoggera. The winner of phase 2 is likely to win phase 3 - the building of 450 infantry fighting vehicles and 17 manoeuvre support vehicles, worth up to $15 billion.