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Thursday, 26 February 2009
Page: 1933

Mr McCLELLAND (Attorney-General) (9:10 AM) —At the request of the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support, Dr Kelly, I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: RAAF Base Edinburgh redevelopment stage 2, South Australia.

For the information of members, the Department of Defence proposes to undertake redevelopment stage 2 at RAAF Base Edinburgh, in South Australia, at an estimated out-turn cost of $99.56 million, plus the goods and services tax component. The main role of RAAF Base Edinburgh is to provide maritime surveillance operations throughout Australia’s airspace and operations related to information warfare. The project will provide improved infrastructure services, upgrade existing security for the base and provide new air-side and domestic facilities to improve the overall capability of the base. The object of the referral and the proposal is to enhance those capabilities. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction will commence in late 2009 and be completed by 2012. I commend the motion to the House.