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Notice given 20 May 2002

334  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) Can the Minister confirm that in the 2002-03 Defence Budget $150 million of capital projects were deferred into the 2003-04 financial year.

(2) Can a list be provided of the capital projects affected by this decision.

(3) For each project, can the following information be provided: (a) the name of the project; (b) a brief description of the project; (c) the savings gained by the delay; (d) the extent of the delay, for example, 12 months; (e) whether a contract had been signed with a contractor for this project; (f) if a contract has been signed, the name of the organisation that has been contracted; and (g) if a contract has not been signed, the stage the project has reached (for example, tender released, tender chosen).

(4) If there are projects where a contract has been signed, can the Minister indicate how the delay will be allowed under the contract and whether there is any cost arising to the Commonwealth as a result of the delay.

(5) If there are projects where a successful bidder has been chosen, can the Minister indicate whether the Commonwealth will be liable, given the expectations of the bidder, for any damages because of the delay.

335  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) Can the Minister confirm that in the 2002-03 Defence Budget $21 million of military equipment purchases were cancelled.

(2) Can a list be provided of the purchases cancelled.

(3) For each purchase, can the following information be provided: (a) the name of the purchase; (b) a brief description of the purchase; (c) the savings gained by the cancellation; (d) the impact of the cancellation on Australian Defence Force capability; (e) whether a contract had been signed with a contractor for this purchase; (f) if a contract has been signed, the name of the organisation that has been contracted and their location; and (g) if a contract has not been signed, the stage the purchase has reached (for example, tender released, tender chosen).

(4) If there are purchases where a contract has been signed, can the Minister indicate how the cancellation will be allowed under the contract and whether there is any cost arising to the Commonwealth as a result of the cancellation.

(5) If there are purchases where a successful bidder has been chosen, can the Minister indicate whether the Commonwealth will be liable, given the expectations of the bidder, for any damages because of the cancellation.

336  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—Can a full list be provided of Defence property sold (or expected to be sold) in the 2001-02 financial year, indicating: (a) the address; (b) type of property (vacant land/buildings); (c) size of the property; (d) type of sale (auction/advertised price); (e) name of the purchaser; (f) sale price (or expected sale price); and (g) date of the sale.

337  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—Can a full list be provided of the Defence property proposed for sale in the 2002-03 financial year, indicating: (a) the address; (b) type of property (vacant land/buildings); (c) size of the property; (d) type of proposed sale (auction/advertised price); (e) expected price range; and (f) likely timing of the sale.