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Thursday, 11 October 2012
Page: 8105

Defence

(Question No. 2129)


Senator Rhiannon asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 31 August 2012:

(1) Does the department or any of its agencies have an option or arrangement to purchase all or part of the Eden wood chip mill owned by South East Fibre Exports Pty Ltd, most of which is situated within the purple, yellow or green safety zones that are required around an explosives facility?

(2) Can details be provided of any payments made by the department or any of its agencies since 2000 to South East Fibre Exports Pty Ltd, in compensation for loss of value of the land on which the Eden wood chip mill is situated, or for a diminution in its resale value as a result of having an explosives facility constructed at the adjacent Eden multi purpose wharf?

(3) What contracts or other arrangements does the department have with South East Fibre Exports Pty Ltd to share activities, such as security surveillance, in the vicinity of the Eden wood chip mill and the Eden multi-purpose wharf?

(4) Has the department purchased any paper products manufactured by Nippon Paper Industries, or awarded any contracts to printers that use paper manufactured by Nippon Paper Industries in 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011; if so, can details be provided?


Senator Bob Carr: The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1) Neither Defence nor its agencies have an option or arrangement to purchase all or part of the Eden wood chip mill owned by South East Fibre Exports Pty Ltd.

(2) In 2005, Defence paid compensation, in accordance with the Lands Acquisition Act 1989, to South East Fibre Exports Pty Ltd for restrictions Defence placed on the use of their land. The amount of compensation paid by Defence to South East Fibre Exports Pty Ltd is commercial in confidence.

(3) There is no formal contractual relationship between Defence and South East Fibre Exports Pty Ltd for security. Surveillance cameras are owned, installed and monitored by South East Fibre Exports Pty Ltd to primarily monitor the woodchip mill's wharf. The cameras have a 'pan function' and can also monitor the Explosive Ordnance wharf. There is a camera isolation switch within the Explosive Ordnance wharf office and the cameras covering the wharf are turned off whenever the wharf is in use by Defence. When the Explosive Ordnance wharf is not in use by Defence, it is open to the public and is managed and monitored by the Eden Port authority. South East Fibre Exports Pty Ltd is able to use the cameras to view any public fishing (or other public activities) from the wharf.

(4) There are two paper suppliers on Defence's Standing Offer Panel for provision of Office Supplies; Corporate Express and OfficeMax.

Corporate Express provides 80% of general office copy paper to Defence, and has so for the last six years. Corporate Express purchase paper from Australian Paper (Australian Paper brands include: Reflex, Australian Copy 10% Recycled, Optix). Whilst the paper purchased is not manufactured by Nippon Paper Industries directly, it is noted that in June 2009 Nippon Paper Group acquired Australian Paper. Corporate Express advise that the Australian Paper predominately purchased by Defence is manufactured at the Maryvale Mill in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria.

OfficeMax provides the other 20% of general office copy paper to Defence. OfficeMax’s paper is predominately the OfficeMax brand which is manufactured in Germany.