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Thursday, 29 November 2012
Page: 13903

Mr GARRETT (Kingsford SmithMinister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth) (10:57): On behalf of the Special Minister of State, 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: The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation nuclear medicine project.

This new Australian nuclear medicine facility will guarantee the future supply of medicines used to diagnose heart disease and cancers in millions of patients across Australia and the world. A co-located synroc waste treatment plant will use Australian technology to deliver a safe and economic way of treating the by-product of nuclear medicine manufacture.

The estimated outturn cost of the proposed works is $168 million plus GST. Subject to parliamentary approval, the proposed works are scheduled to start in June 2013 and be completed by June 2016.

I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.