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Tuesday, 23 November 1999
Page: 12375


Mr REITH (Workplace Relations and Small Business) (3:30 PM) —I move:

That the House take note of the paper.

There is a table with the statement. Just for convenience, I seek leave to have the table incorporated in Hansard .

Leave granted.

The table read as follows—

EAST TIMOR BUDGETARY COSTS ($M)(a)

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

Total

Australian Defence Forces (b) Comprising:- —Deployment (c) —Investment (d) —Force expansion (e) —Tax exemption for ADF personnel (f)

907 431 135 279 62

1089 358 256 452 23

901 328 111 439 23

665 238 27 377 23

3562 1355 529 1547 131

Aid

60

-

-

-

60

Civilian police for UN administration

26

-

-

-

26

Provision of safehaven for refugees

35

-

-

-

35

TOTAL COST

1028

1089

901

665

3683

Estimated UN Reimbursement

18

114

106

76

314

(a) All figures are on an accrual basis.

(b) Defence costs over the four year period are based on a planning scenario which assumes an ongoing deployment as part of the UN peace keeping operation. Actual spending will depend on the length of the UN peacekeeping operation while the ongoing need for the additional battalions will be examined in the Government's White Paper on Defence.

(c) Extra Operational costs for the ADF.

(d) Costs associated with upgrading and replacing major capital equipment for the deployment in East Timor and the expanded force.

(e) Cost associated with raising 2 additional battalion groups and an extra air field defence squadron (around 3.500 personnel). This will ensure the deployment in East Timor can be sustained without impairing the overall readiness of the ADF.

(f) The deployment involves a cost to the budget through the income tax exemption for pay and allowances of ADF personnel on eligible duty outside Australia.

Motion (by Mr Reith)—by leave—agreed to:

That so much of the Standing and Sessional Orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition speaking for a period not exceeding 27 minutes.