Naval Group – formerly DCNS, the French shipbuilder previously awarded submarine contract – is yet to comment on the new alliance and Australia’s ditching of the $50bn agreement.
But an (unnamed) senior official from France’s Ministry of Armed forces has weighed in on the “unofficial reason” – “American entryism”. Speaking to Le Parisien today, they denounced the Biden administration for “making life difficult” (or “soaping the plank,”, if you prefer a literal translation), and strong-arming the contract away from the French.
French diplomat and former US ambassador Géraud Araud had this to add:
A wealthy Pentecostal church was handed $660,000 in jobkeeper payments and later posted a 3620% increase in profit and a $1.2m increase in revenue.
Hope Unlimited Church, a global church that began on the New South Wales Central Coast, revealed in filings to the charity regulator that it posted a $1.6m profit last year while receiving $660,000 in jobkeeper payments.
The result was a huge increase to the $43,355 profit it posted in 2019.
Revenues for the church also grew throughout the pandemic’s first year, increasing from $2.8m in 2019 to $4m in 2020.
The church is led by Mark and Darlene Zschech, a well-known Christian singer, who spent 25 years alongside Brian and Bobbie Houston at Hillsong, before breaking away to form a new church.
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