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FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Ludlam, also on behalf of Senator Kroger, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 4—That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 November 2011:

Procurement procedures for items identified in the Defence White Paper, Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030, and, in particular:

 (a) assess the procurement procedures utilised for major defence capital projects currently underway or foreshadowed in the Defence White Paper, including the operations of the Capability Development Group and its relevant subcommittees;

 (b) assess the timeline proposed for defence modernisation and procurement outlined in the Defence White Paper;


 (c) assess proposals arising from the Defence accountability reviews, including the Mortimer Review, the Pappas Review and the McKinsey Report (2010), in regard to enhancing accountability and disclosure for defence procurement; and

 (d) make recommendations for enhancing the availability of public information and parliamentary oversight and scrutiny of defence procurement in the context of a guaranteed 3 per cent real growth in the Defence budget until 2017-18.

Question put and passed.