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Notice given 28 July 2003

1665  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the F/A-18 Hornet Upgrade project (Project AIR 5376) in the Defence Capability Plan:

(1) Can a description of all of the phases of this project be provided.

(2) (a) What was the original timeline for the completion of the project, including the dates for each of the phases in the project; and (b) when was the project due to be completed.

(3) (a) What was the original budget for this project; and (b) what were the individual budgets for each of the phases in the project.

(4) (a) What is the current schedule for the completion of this project; (b) what are the completion dates for each of the phases in the project; and (c) when is the project due to be completed.

(5) Has the schedule for this project changed; if so, why.

(6) How would any schedule change with this project impact on future capability.

(7) (a) What is the current budget for the project; and (b) what are the the budgets for each of the phases in the project.

(8) What has been the cost of this project to date.

(9) Has the projected budget for this project increased; if so, why.

1668  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the Defence and Industry Advisory Council

(1) When was the council established.

(2) Who established the council.

(3) For what purpose was the council established.

(4) Can a copy of the council’s terms of reference be provided.

(5) What is the membership of the council.

(6) What are the reporting arrangements for the council, for example: (a) to whom does it report; (b) how regularly are such reports made; and (c) what do the reports contain.

(7) Can a list be provided of meeting dates for the council since its establishment.