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Notice given 26 April 2002

281  Senator Hogg: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to contracts let by Defence for labour hire:

(1) What contracts have existed since July 1996 in the Townsville area for the Army and for the Air Force, held by: (a) local labour hire firms; and (b) firms from outside the Townsville area.

(2) Were there multiple contracts held by any contractor; if so, what are the summary details of those contracts.

(3) (a) What contracts that were in existence post-July 1996 have been renewed; (b) when were they renewed; (c) were they renewed as a result of a further tendering process; and (d) if a contract was not renewed why was it not renewed.

(4) (a) What, if any, contracts were renewed or extended without a further tendering process; and (b) what assessment/approval process was applied.

(5) (a) What, if any, contracts were extended; (b) what was the period of extension in each case; and (c) what assessment/approval process was applied.

(6) (a) What, if any, contracts were not renewed or extended; (b) why were they not renewed or extended; (c) who or what contractor was given the work where a contract was not renewed or extended; and (d) what process was applied to transfer the work to a new contractor.

(7) Have any contracts that previously existed been transferred to companies outside of Townsville without a tender process; if so: (a) what are the summary details of those contracts; and (b) what process was used to re-assign the contracts.

(8) Who, and at what level within Defence or the relevant service, had the authority to approve the letting of the contracts and/or the renewal or extension of the contracts.

(9) (a) What commitments or undertakings, oral or written, have been made, by the department, individual services, or the Minister or any of his predecessors, to retain work in the Townsville area by contracting to a Townsville tenderer; and (b) if there are any written undertakings, can copies be supplied.

(10) (a) What are the terms of insurance requirements, including public liability, under any of these tenders and/or contracts; (b) has this changed from tender to tender; if so, how have the requirements changed; and (c) is there any flexibility in the request for tender for the terms and conditions of insurance requirements; if so, are tenderers made aware of this.

(11) At whose direction does the contract labour operate: the immediate Defence personnel supervisor or the contractor’s personnel.

(12) Have the direction and supervision arrangements for labour hire changed since July 1996; if so, in what way.

285  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to page 19 of the 2001-02 Defence portfolio budget statement, which includes funding for the implementation of the White Paper for the financial years 2001-02 to 2004-05:

(1) Are those figures still current; if not, what are the current estimates of the funding that will be provided to implement the White Paper for those four financial years.

(2) Can a detailed breakdown be provided for this funding for the current financial year, i.e. for the $507 million allocated to the White Paper, indicating specifically what projects have been funded and the amount funded.

(3) Can a similar detailed breakdown be provided for the White Paper funding for: (a) the 2002-03 financial year; (b) the 2003-04 financial year; and (c) the 2004-05 financial year.

(4) (a) Were the capital projects funded under the White Paper already funded in the 2000-01 budget out years; and (b) was this funding reallocated; if so, to what was it reallocated.

286  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the following statement, ‘The Government has reorganised the net additional cost of current operations. Notwithstanding this, there are likely to be some impacts on Defence capability in the near and medium term due to the need to reschedule some planned maintenance and upgrade programs.’ ( Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2001-02: Defence Portfolio , page 4):

(1) What programs have been affected by the rescheduling indicated in the above paragraph.

(2) Can a description of each of the programs be provided, including the platform involved and relevant project under the Defence Capability Plan.

(3) For each affected program: (a) what savings will be generated by the rescheduling; (b) exactly what delays are now planned; (c) what was the original timetable for the program; and (d) what impact will the delays have on future capability.

287  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to page 25 of the Defence portfolio additional estimates statements 2001-02, which lists a number of cancelled exercises: in relation to each of these exercises separately, can the following information be provided: (a) what the total cost of the exercise would have been, including embedded costs, eg. salaries; (b) what the total additional cost of the exercise would have been, excluding embedded costs that would have accrued without the exercise, eg. allowances that are paid while on exercise, higher fuel usage; (c) a breakdown of the additional costs associated with the exercise, eg. allowances, fuel, ammunition, equipment replacement, maintenance; and (d) how many personnel would have participated in the exercise, its duration and a description of the activities the personnel would have been performing.

288  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to pages 26 to 29 of the Defence portfolio additional estimates statements 2001-02, which lists exercises that will occur during the 2001-02 financial year: in relation to each of these exercises separately, can the following information be provided: (a) the total budget for the exercise (please confirm that this is an additional cost, i.e. does not included ongoing costs that would have accrued without the exercise); (b) if the exercise has been completed, the actual cost of the exercise (if this varies from the budget for the exercise explain the reason for the discrepancy); (c) if the budget for the exercise has been revised, the revised budget and the reason for the change; (d) a breakdown of the budget for the exercise, eg. allowances, fuel, ammunition, equipment replacement, maintenance; and (e) how many personnel will be involved in the exercise, its duration and a description of the activities the personnel will be performing.