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Notice given 20 December 2002

1042  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) Has the decision been made to relocate the RAAF Training College from Point Cook and Edinburgh; if so: (a) when was this decision made; and (b) why.

(2) Where will be the RAAF Training College be relocated.

(3) What amount, if any, has been spent on the relocation so far.

(4) What is the total amount allocated to the relocation in each of the following financial years: (a) 2002-03; and (b) 2003-04.

(5) (a) What is the estimated cost of transferring all staff and students of the RAAF Training College; and (b) what are the numbers of staff and students across the whole training college.

(6) Has any part of the RAAF Training College moved yet (for example, the Training College Headquarters, the Officer Training School and the School of Post Graduate Studies); if so, which parts have moved and when; if not, when will the move of each part be made.

(7) What use will be made of the RAAF training facilities at Point Cook and Edinburgh after the training college has been relocated.

(8) When were the training facilities at Point Cook and Edinburgh: (a) built; and (b) last enhanced or upgraded.

(9) Is any part of either of these bases proposed to be sold; if so, when will they be advertised and for how much.

(10) Will all students of the RAAF Training College be accommodated on-base at the new location.

(11) How many people will the new accommodation house.

(12) Has a decision been made to move the Recruit Training Unit of the RAAF Training College; if so, where to and why.

(13) How many staff and students are there at the Recruit Training Unit of the RAAF Training College.

(14) What is the estimated cost of their relocation.

(15) What is the total amount allocated to the relocation of the Recruit Training Unit in each of the following financial years: (a) 2002-03; and (b) 2003-04.

1046  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 854 (Senate Hansard , 2 December 2002, p. 6635) and the completion on 17 December 2002 of the coronial inquiry in Western Australia into the circumstances surrounding the crash of a police aircraft, and in relation to the Western Australian Police Air Support Unit’s request to amend its Air Support Unit operations manual and for its Air Operator’s Certificate to be reissued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in early 1998:

(1) (a) What were the aviation qualifications required at each level of the structure provided for by the operations manual prior to its amendment; and (b) what were the aviation qualifications required at each level of the structure provided for by the operations manual under the proposed amendments.

(2) (a) How many properly qualified pilots were included in the structure provided for in the operations manual; and (b) how many pilots were provided for in the amended version of the operations manual.

(3) (a) How many chief pilots were provided for in the unamended operations manual; and (b) how many chief pilots were provided for in the amended version of the manual.