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Notice given 21 May 2002

338  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the Defence White Paper (page 122), which includes a graph setting out Defence funding by the five capability groups:

(1) Can the table of figures used for this graph be provided, that is, the funding for each capability group in each of the 10 years.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that the funding figures used are minus the capital use charge, that is, appropriation and equity injection funding minus the capital use charge component.

(3) Can the Minister confirm that funding for the strike capability group appears to remain approximately constant over the 10 years.

(4) Given the acknowledged increasing cost of flying ageing aircraft, how was it proposed that this capability group could maintain its fleet of aircraft over the 10 year period without any significant increase in funding.