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Notice given 9 October 2002

765  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—In relation to Project Air 87, the Government announced the signing of a $1 300 million contract in December 2001 for the acquisition of 22 helicopters and their through life support, however, the 2002-03 Budget Statement indicates the total cost of this project will be $1 858 million: What items make up the difference between the $1 300 million acquisition and support contract and the project’s current total budget.

766  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—In relation to contingency funds assigned to capital equipment projects (reflecting the perceived risks associated with each project):

(1) For each of the top 20 major capital projects identified in the 2002-03 Budget Statement, what was the original size of any such contingency fund associated with the acquisition project and what is the amount now remaining.

(2) Where a project has been completed and some of the contingency fund remains unspent what happens to those remaining funds.

(3) What was the total amount of such unspent funds remaining from projects completed in each of the following financial years: (a) 1999-2000; (b) 2000-01; and (c) 2001-02.

767  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) How many capital equipment projects are currently being funded.

(2) In terms of their approved total budget, how many fall within each of the following bands: (a) $0 to $10 million; (b) $11 to 20 million; (c) $21 to 50 million; (d) $51 to 100 million; (e) $101 to 200 million; (f) $201 to 500 million; (g) $501 to $1 000 million and (h) more than $1 000 million.

768  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—In relation to cost increases (separate to prices growth and foreign exchange movements) approved for all capital equipment projects worth more than $50 million:

(1) What were the cost increases approved in each of the following financial years: (a) 1998-99; (b) 1999-2000; (c) 2000-01 and (d) 2001-02.

(2) For each cost increase approved, what was: (a) the name of the project; (b) the original budget approved for the project; (c) the amount of the approved cost increase; (d) the date the increase was approved; and (e) the reason for the cost increase.

769  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the employment of professional service providers (PSPs) in the Defence Materiel Organisation:

(1) How many PSPs were employed in each of the following periods: (a) July to December 2000; (b) January to June 2001; (c) July to December 2001; and (d) January to June 2002.

(2) What was the total cost of PSPs employed in each of the following periods: (a) July to December 2000; (b) January to June 2001; (c) July to December 2001; and (d) January to June 2002.

(3) For the PSPs currently employed, what proportion were previously employees of Defence.

(4) For the PSPs currently employed: (a) what categories are employed, for example, accountants, project managers, computer specialists, engineers; and (b) approximately what proportion do they represent of the total numbers employed.

(5) For the PSPs currently employed: how many have been employed (not necessarily continuously) by Defence for a total of: (a) 0 to 50 days; (b) 51 to 150 days; (c) 151 to 300 days; and (d) more than 300 days.

(6) Among the PSPs employed today, what is the largest number of days a PSP has been employed by Defence.

(7) Among the PSPs employed today, what is the largest amount paid to a PSP by Defence.