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Thursday, 30 June 1994
Page: 2452

Senator COLLINS —Yesterday I gave an answer to Senator Campbell regarding the Maralinga rehabilitation project to which I wish to provide some additional information.

  I advised Senator Campbell that the tender, to the best of my knowledge, had complied with the requirements of the public works process and it did not need to be referred, and that is correct. I am advised that the role of the project manager for the project is such that the appointment itself does not require referral to the Joint Committee on Public Works. The project manager will undertake the preliminary design work and refine cost estimates to the level of accuracy required for PWC consideration. So the appointment of the project manager is a prerequisite for PWC consideration of the project itself—that is, the actual tenders.

  The Department of Primary Industries and Energy has already provided an information submission on this project to the public works committee. The Maralinga project is scheduled for referral to the committee later this year when sufficiently detailed cost information is available.

  Further, Senator Campbell asked me yesterday whether I would consider suspending the management contract on the grounds of criticisms made in a draft Corporate Dynamics report. I said no. I have not had time to read the full draft report myself, but I will. I have already been advised that Senator Campbell was quoting in a highly selective fashion from this report, and I am advised that the draft report is in fact complimentary about the new structure of the ACS and its strategy for achieving profitability.