Concerns triggered over ADF uniforms made in China may have tracking technology that can reportedly be fitted to garments, could allow the Chinese to potentially track where every Australian solider is at anytime, anywhere.
Last month it was revealed that the uniform worn by Australian soldiers would be manufactured in China.
The move considered the “best value for money” saw Bendigo-based Australian Defence Apparel (ADA) handed a contract.
They then subcontracted the process to a Chinese firm which has triggered concerns as to whether new ‘spy-style’ technology, that can reportedly be fitted to garments, could allow the Chinese to potentially track where every Australian solider is at anytime, anywhere.
Well, that’s the fear raised by Victorian Labor Senator Kim Carr.
Senator Carr asked the Australian Defence chiefs whether they knew ADA’s parent company Logistik Unicorp (based in Canada), had access to radio frequency identification technology which track raw materials and finished goods.
He then questioned whether they knew if these devices were embedded in the fabric of the garments.
In response to his queries, Major General David Coghlan said he wasn’t aware but wouldn’t detail what level of security checks were made before handing the contract over.
However, he eventually confirmed that the Chinese subcontractors was privately owned Shandong Yeliya, which is not associated with the government or army and was not responsible for the production of China’s army uniforms.
Senator Carr also questioned whether the selection process in deciding who would make our army uniforms was adequate.