David Johnston, who said he wouldn’t trust shipbuilders ‘to build a canoe’, given new role

The man who lost his job as defence minister after quipping that he wouldn’t trust the government’s shipbuilder to construct a canoe, let alone a submarine, is now in charge of selling Australia’s defence industry to the world.

Christopher Pyne announced David Johnston had been appointed the first “Australian defence export advocate” as part of the government’s plan to increase the nation’s defence exports.

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