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Wednesday, 25 June 2003
Page: 17522


Mr BRENDAN O'CONNOR (4:51 PM) —by leave—I wish to supplement the remarks made by the member for Pearce on the report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works. The project was undertaken very well. The Department of Defence provided a great deal of assistance to the committee in the way it went about its business. We indicated that there were a number of issues we wanted it to focus on in future matters.

In particular, I want to raise by way of emphasis—not in any way by adding to the report provided by the member for Pearce—the need for members of the Public Works Committee to have before them relevant information, particularly information that may have substantially altered from the time that we first received it. Our recommendation indicates the need for that to happen. We have been given assurances that that will happen more promptly than perhaps it did on this occasion. It is fair to say that the report provided by the member for Pearce properly and comprehensively addresses this matter.