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Tuesday, 24 June 2003
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Ms Roxon asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 13 May 2003:

(1) In respect of the Government's plans to rationalise the shipbuilding industry in Australia, can the Minister advise of any specific plans for the future of the Williamstown shipbuilding yard or plans for the industry that may affect the Williamstown facility's future.

(2) What are the options currently being considered by the Minister for the future of the industry or specifically the Williamstown shipbuilding yard.

(3) Will the Minister be making recommendations to Cabinet on the future of any Australian shipbuilding facility.

(4) What recommendations will he make regarding the Williamstown facility.

(5) What is the timeframe for any decision by the Government that will affect the future of the Williamstown shipbuilding yard.

(6) What factors will be taken into account in determining the future of the Williamstown shipbuilding yard.

(7) Will the Minister ensure the full economic value of the Williamstown shipbuilding facility is properly taken into account in any decision—in particular the skills of the workforce and the access, space and facilities at the yard.

(8) Will the Minister rule out the consideration of irrelevant factors such as the housing market in residential areas neighbouring the Williamstown shipbuilding facilities.

(9) Will the Minister undertake to consider the deleterious economic and employment effect on the community in Williamstown and surrounding suburbs, which would arise from the loss of the shipbuilding industry in the area.

(10) Will the Minister make a commitment to ensure that any decision-making, tender or contract process is open, accountable and subject to public input and consultation.

(11) Can the Minister give an undertaking that the Government's ownership of the South Australian defence construction facilities will not prejudice the decision-making regarding the Williamstown shipbuilding facility.


Mrs Vale (Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) There are no specific plans detailing the future of the Williamstown shipbuilding yard or for industry that may affect the Williamstown facility's future. Any decision in relation to the Williamstown shipyard would be made by the owners and operators of the site, Tenix Defence Pty Ltd, and not the Government.

(2) The Government has not yet made a decision in relation to the shipbuilding industry in Australia, and is currently considering a variety of views, including those set out in the Defence Department's Naval Shipbuilding and Repair Sector Strategic Plan. Ultimately, the future of Williamstown and other privately owned yards will be a commercial matter for their owners.

(3) (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), and (11) Refer to part (2).