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Thursday, 16 February 2017
Page: 1287

Mr McCORMACK (RiverinaMinister for Small Business) (10:30): 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: JP500 Phase 2A—Electronic Warfare Operations Support Facility Project.

The Department of Defence is proposing to construct fit-for-purpose facilities and associated infrastructure that is capable of supporting the new systems installation for current and emerging countermeasure technologies at the Edinburgh defence precinct in South Australia.

This multiphase project aims to bring the Australian Defence Force's electronic warfare capabilities in the land and maritime environments up to a level that is commensurate with current air electronic warfare capabilities. The proposed facilities will help to ensure Defence Force platforms fitted with electronic warfare systems can achieve and maintain battle worthy capabilities. The project works include various laboratories, workshop preparation areas, information facilities, meeting rooms, offices, breakout areas, amenities, equipment hardstand areas and car parks.

The committee has conducted an inquiry and is of the view that the project signifies value for money for the Commonwealth and constitutes a project that is fit for purpose and expedient to carry out. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is expected to begin in mid-2017, with completion expected by mid-2018. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.