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Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Page: 2778

Australia Network

(Question No. 517)


Ms Julie Bishop asked the Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 18 August 2011:

On what date did the tender panel for the Australia Network contract finalise its report, and can he indicate whether the report recommended a preferred tenderer.


Dr Emerson: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

In the period since Ms Julie Bishop submitted Questions on Notice 513 to 529 on 18 August 2011, the Government terminated the Australia Network tender process due to significant leaks of confidential information to the media and referred the matter to the Australian Federal Police for investigation. The Auditor-General has also decided to conduct a performance audit of the administration of the Australia Network tender processes. As the Questions on Notice go to matters being considered by the Australian Federal Police and Australian National Audit Office, it would not be appropriate to comment.