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Notice given 28 August 2002

589  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the High Frequency Modernisation Project (noted on page 82 of the Portfolio Budget Statement):

(1) When was approval granted for this project.

(2) Can a description of all the major phases of the project be provided.

(3) (a) What was the original timeline for the completion of the project, including the dates for all major phases in the project; and (b) when was it due to be completed.

(4) What was the original budget for this project.

(5) (a) What is the current schedule for the completion of this project, including the dates for all major phases in the project; and (b) when is the project now due to be completed.

(6) If there have been any delays associated with this project in relation to any of the phases, indicate the length of the delay and the reason for the delay.

(7) If there have been any delays associated with this project, has the department sought compensation for the delays or imposed penalties on the supplier.

(8) What is the current budget for this project.

(9) If the cost has increased from the original budget, what are the reasons for the cost increase.

(10) In relation to all contracts signed for this project, can the following information be provided: (a) when the contracts were signed; (b) the amount each contract is worth; (c) the nature of the activity covered by that contract; and (d) whether they have liquidated damages clauses.

(11) Given the scale of the project, why is it not listed on the Defence Materiel Organisation’s website like a number of other projects.

590  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to AGM-142 weaponry:

(1) When were stocks of this weapon first purchased by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

(2) What version of the AGM-142 was purchased by the ADF.

(3) What was the total cost of the purchase and, if possible, can a unit cost also be provided.

(4) What is the latest estimate on the total cost of modifying the F-111 fleet to enable these aircraft to deploy the AGM-142.

(5) What is the latest estimate on when those modifications will be completed.

(6) Has a decision been taken not to proceed with the modifications to the F-111s.

(7) Have any steps been taken to sell Australia’s stock of AGM-142s; if so, is it now planned to sell off Australia’s entire stock of these weapons.