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Thursday, 26 November 2009
Page: 12998

Dr KELLY (Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support and Parliamentary Secretary for Water) (10:14 AM) —I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the committee has duly reported to Parliament: Midlife engineering services refurbishment of the Australian embassy in Paris, France.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, DFAT, proposes the midlife engineering services refurbishment of the Australian embassy in Paris, France, at an estimated out-turn cost of $28.3 million inclusive of French value added tax. In its report, the Public Works Committee has recommended that these works proceed subject to the recommendations of the committee. DFAT accepts and will implement those recommendations. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is planned to commence in mid-2011 and be completed by mid-2013. On behalf of the government I would like to thank the committee for its support and I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.