Liberal MP Andrew Wallace says Australia needs to “work” on the relationship with France after the fallout over the axed $90 billion conventional submarine deal for nuclear-powered ones.
It comes as the Prime Minister Scott Morrison was accused of lying over the submarine deal this week by French President Emmanuel Macron.
“The Australian government will always act in the interest of Australian national interest, our national security,” Mr Wallace told Sky News Australia.
“It was always going to be the case where a very significant defence contract, like the submarines, was going to cause hurt, we understood that.”
Mr Wallace said it was “ultimately a contract” between Australia and France on submarines and it had “certain gates” to exit it.
“What’s important now is that now that the arrangement has been terminated, we do need to work on that relationship, we need to rebuild that relationship, that’ll take time,” he said.