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Notice given 16 May 2002

325  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to Seasprite helicopters:

(1) Have any payments been made to Kaman in 2002; if so, can the Minister indicate: (a) the type of payment made; (b) the date; and (c) the value of the payment.

(2) In terms of the service contract: (a) what payments were made to Kaman; (b) on what date; and (c) what was the value of the payments.

(3) The Defence Annual Report 2001-02 notes that 805 Squadron has been ‘commissioned’: (a) when was this squadron commissioned; and (b) have any personnel been assigned to the squadron; if so, how many (or does it exist as a notional unit).

(4) Has a facility been established to house the squadron.

(5) To date, what has been the full cost of funding the squadron, that is, all personnel costs, administration costs, supplier costs, and facility costs.

(6) Is the principal role of this squadron to fly the Seasprite helicopters.

(7) When was the Chief Petty Officer assigned to the integrated service team for the Seasprite (as indicated in an answer to a question at Senate estimates hearings).