David Dettrick

Judging by the outbreak of Lockheed Martin advertising, the F-35 project is not going so well. I’m not sure if you are aware, but some of the recent price tags for these planes appear to be pushing the boundaries of corporate welfare to a whole new level. At a hot $250 million each (and Australia has plans to buy 72 of them), the American-made F-35 has half the range and costs five times as much as at least one alternative. With a new school costing around $20 million and a small hospital $50 million, let’s go with something cheaper and safer, something we can make the parts for and be able to fly from Darwin to Hobart without stopping. 

David Dettrick
Altona, VIC

 

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