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Thursday, 11 September 2003
Page: 19902

Mr RIPOLL (3:36 PM) —My question without notice is to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence. I refer the minister to the government's plans to phase out Australia's fleet of F111s by 2006. Given that the minister's department is spending up to $200 million to acquire the AGM142 missile solely for the F111 platform by late 2005, does the minister still believe that this expenditure to acquire a capacity for a period of less than 12 months, and the consequent shortfall in defence capability between the F111 phase-out and the expected delivery of any replacement after 2012, is value for money and good national security policy?

Mr Albanese —`What's an F111?'

The SPEAKER —The member for Grayndler is warned!

Mrs VALE (Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) —I thank the honourable member for his question. Everything this government does, every penny this government spends on defence, is value for money.

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER —I warn the member for Brisbane!