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Notice given 16 December 2002

1039  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer to a question without notice asked on 10 December 2002 on the project to upgrade the Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigates (FFGs) in which the Minister indicated that ‘significant difficulties’ had been experienced with the subcontractor:

(1) What are the details of the significant difficulties that were experienced.

(2) When did ADI Limited decide to take the task back from the subcontractor.

(3) How much had been paid to the subcontractor prior to ADI Limited taking back the task.

(4) Was any action taken, either by the department or ADI Limited, against the subcontractor after ADI Limited took back the task.

(5) Does the decision by ADI Limited to take back the task have any implications for the project budget; if so, can details of this impact be provided.

(6) With reference to the Minister’s statement that, ‘with regard to the FFGs, the oldest of them will not be upgraded to the same level’: (a) What was meant by this statement; and (b) when was the decision taken to proceed along these lines.

(7) Why was the decision taken not to proceed with the same level of upgrade for all of the FFGs.

(8) Which of the FFGs are affected by this decision.

(9) Does the decision not to proceed with the same level of upgrade for the older FFGs have any implications for the project budget; if so, can details of this impact be provided.

(10) What will it cost, in respect of each FFG, to upgrade the FFGs as a result of this decision.

(11) Does the decision not to proceed with the same level of upgrade for the older FFGs have any implications for the capability of these vessels; if so, can details be provided.

(12) What is the proposed end of life date for each of the FFGs following the decision not to upgrade all of the ships to the same level.