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Notice given 10 June 2003

1498  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—In relation to each of the Defence Capability Plan projects listed below, can the following information be provided in tabular form: (a) the proposed year of decision; (b) the proposed year of delivery; and (c) the proposed budget.

 

Proposal code

Proposal name

AIR 6000 Stage 3

New Aerospace Combat Capability - Options Definition

LAND 125 Phase 3

Soldier Combat System

AIR 5376 Phase 3.2

Hornet Structural Refurbishment - Stage 2

A IR 5414 Phase 1

C-130H Refurbishment

DEF 224 Phase 2B

Force Level Electronic Warfare

DEF 7013 Phase 4

Joint Intelligence Support System

JP 126 Phase 2

Joint Theatre Distribution

JP 129 Phase 2

Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

JP 2008 Phase 3B

MILSATC OM

JP 2025 Phase 5

JORN Enhancements

JP 2060 Phase 2

ADF Deployable Medical Capability

JP 8001 Phase 2B

Headquarters Australian Theatre

LAND 58 Phase 3

Weapon Locating Radar Life of Type Extension

LAND 75 Phase 3.4

Battlefield Command Support System

LAND 121 Phase 2C

Field Vehicle Fleet Modernisation

SEA 1405 Phase 3B

Seahawk Mid-life Upgrade

SEA 1442 Phase 3

Maritime Communications and Information Management Architecture Modernisation

AIR 5190 Phase 2

Light Tactical Airlift Capability

AIR 5276 Ph ase 5

AP-3C Orion Electro-optic Enhancement

AIR 5276 Phase 6

Data Links for AP-3C Orion

AIR 5395 Phase 3

Air Combat Training System

AIR 5405 Phase 1

Mobile Sector Operations Centre

Air 5409 Phase 1

Bomb Improvement Program

AIR 5418 Phase 1

Follow-on S tand-off Weapon

AIR 5421 Phase 1

Tactical Reconnaissance and Strike Support Capability

JP 117 Phase 2

ADF Ground-based Air Defence Weapon System

JP 2008 Phase 3F

MILSATCOM

JP 2027 Phase 3

LPA Additional Capability

JP 2030 Phase 8

Joint Command Support System

JP 2044 Phase 2

Space-based Surveillance Capability

JP 2048 Phase 3

Amphibious Deployment and Sustainment Capability

JP 2062 Phase 2

Global Hawk

JP 2064 Phase 3

Geospatial Information Infrastructure and Services

JP 2068 Phase 2

Defence Network Operations Centre

JP 2069 Phase 1B

High-grade Cryptographic Equipment

JP 2072 Phase 2

Battlespace Communications System Land/Air

JP 2077 Phase 2

Improved Logistics Information Systems

JP 5408 Phase 2

ADF GPS Enhancement

LAND 112 Phase 4

Australian Li ght Armoured Vehicle

LAND 133 Phase 2

Rapid Route and Area Mine Neutralisation System

LAND 135 Phase 1

Light Armoured Mortar System

SEA 1100 Phase 4

Australian Surface Ship Towed Array Sonar System

SEA 1405 Phase 4

Seahawk Mid-life Upgrade

SEA 1430 Phase 2B

Digital Hydrogr aphic Database and Display Systems

SEA 1654 Phase 2

Maritime Operations Support Capability

1499  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—In relation to the Defence Capability Plan projects listed below, can the following information be provided in tabular form: (a) the date each project was approved by the Government; (b) the date the contract for the project was signed; (c) the current planned year of delivery; (d) the current project budget; and (e) the cumulative expenditure on the project to date.

 

Project Code

Project Name

AIR 5046 Phase 5/6

Additional Troop Lift Helicopters

AIR 5090 Phase 1A

Caribou Life Extension

AIR 5376 Phase 3.1

Hornet Structural Refurbishment - Stage 1

AIR 5416 Phase 1A/1B

EWSP Countermeasures Development and Validati on Capability

DEF 224 Phase 2A

Force Level Electronic Warfare

JP 126 Phase 1

Joint Theatre Distribution

JP 141 Phase 1A

Chemical, Biological and Radiological Response Capability

JP 2059 Phase 2A

Bulk Liquid Distribution

JP 2059 Phase 3

Water Purificat ion

JP 2060 Phase 1

ADF Deployable Medical Capability

JP 2068 Phase 1A

Defence Network Operations Centre

JP 2068 Phase 1B

Defence Network Operations Centre

JP 2070 Phase 2

Lightweight ASW Torpedo

JP 2077 Phase 1

Improved Logistics Information Systems

JP 8001 Phase 3B

JTFHQ Concurrency

JP 8001 Phase 3C.1

Secure Intelligence Facility

LAND 19 Phase 5A

RBS-70 Life of Type Extension

LAND 19 Phase 6

Additional Point GBAD Weapons Systems

LAND 132 Phase 1

Full Time Commando Capability

LAND 134 Phase 1

Co mbat Training Centre - Live Instrumentation System

SEA 1428 Phase 2B/3

Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile

SEA 1429 Phase 2

Replacement Heavyweight Torpedo

SEA 1439 Phase 4

Collins Full Operational Capability

SEA 1442 Phase 2B

Maritime Communications and Infor mation Management Architecture Modernisation

SEA 1444 Phase 1

Patrol Boat Replacement

SEA 1448 Phase 1

ANZAC Anti-ship Missile Defence Upgrade

AIR 5402 Phase 1

ADF Air Refuelling Capability

AIR 5416 Phase 2

EWSP for selected ADF Aircraft

JP 2047 Phase 2

Defence Wide Area Communications Network

JP 2064 Phase 2

Geospatial Information and Infrastructure Services

JP 2069 Phase 1A

High-grade Cryptographic Equipment

JP 2072 Phase 1

Battleship Communications System Land/ Air

JP 2080 Phase 2

Defence Manage ment Systems Improvement

JP 8001 Phase 3C.2

Secure Intelligence Facility

LAND 40 Phase 1

Direct Fire Guided Weapon

LAND 75 Phase 3.3B

Battlefield Command Support System

LAND 139 Phase 1

Enhanced Gap Crossing Capability

SEA 1229 Phase 4

Active Missile Decoy

SEA 1405 Phase 3

Seahawk Mid-life Upgrade

1500  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) By what means did the Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel deployed as part of Operation Falconer travel to the Middle East at the time they were deployed (provide this information for each element of the deployment); and (b) what was the cost of transporting each element of the deployment to the Middle East.

(2) For travel around the Middle East by air by ADF personnel deployed as part of Operation Falconer: (a) what type of aircraft was used; and (b) what was the cost of such travel.

(3) (a) By what means did the ADF personnel deployed as part of Operation Falconer return to Australia from the Middle East at the conclusion of their deployment (provide this information for each element of the deployment); and (b) what was the cost of transporting each element of the deployment back to Australia.

(4) Were personnel transported by means other than Qantas charter flights or Royal Australian Air Force Hercules that were being deployed to the Middle East as part of the deployment; if so, why.

1501  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) (a) Can a breakdown be provided of how all elements of the Operation Falconer deployment were transported to the Middle East, including dates on which it occurred; and (b) (i) how will each element of the deployment be transported back to Australia, and (ii) on what dates will this occur.

(2) What was the cost of transporting each element of the Operation Falconer deployment to the Middle East; and (b) what is the cost of transporting each element back to Australia.

1502  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—Can a list be provided of all Defence aircraft charters over the past 5 financial years, indicating in each instance: (a) the date of charter; (b) the cost of the charter; (c) the purpose of the charter; (d) the company from which the aircraft was chartered; and (e) the type of plane that was chartered.

1503  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) (a) On how many occasions in the past 5 financial years, has Defence chartered Ilyushin aircraft to transport equipment or Defence personnel; and (b) on each occasion, what  was: (i) the date of the charter, (ii) the cost of the charter, (iii) the purpose of the charter, (iv) the company from which the aircraft was chartered, and (v) the equipment that was being transported and/or the group of Defence personnel that was being transported.

(2) Is Defence aware of any safety concerns regarding Ilyushin aircraft.

(3) What steps were taken to ensure that the Ilyushin aircraft chartered by Defence met appropriate safety standards and standards of maintenance.

(4) Were all of the Ilyushin aircraft chartered by Defence maintained at a standard equivalent to that which the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) maintains its fleet of aircraft.

(5) (a) Does the navigation and safety equipment on board all of the Ilyushin aircraft chartered by Defence meet Australian standards; (b) is the equipment of an equivalent standard to the equipment on Australian commercial aircraft; and (c) is the equipment of an equivalent standard to the equipment on RAAF aircraft.

(6) Were all of the Ilyushin aircraft chartered by Defence crewed by Australians; if not, what was the nationality of the Ilyushin crews and their standard of accreditation.

1504  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to Project Sea 1390, the project to upgrade the Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigates (FFGs), and the answer to parts 23, 24 and 25 of question on notice no. 1182 (Senate Hansard , 14 May 2003, p. 10968):

(1) Given that clauses 11.13.1 and 11.13.2 of the contract with ADI Limited refer to dates set out in the contract for provisional acceptance of (upgraded) FFGs, under the terms of the contract, what are the provisional dates of acceptance for each of the FFGs.

(2) Given that clause 11.13.2 of the contract with ADI Limited refers to Attachment A to the contract, can a copy of this attachment be provided.

(3) Given that the response to parts 24 and 25 of question on notice no. 1182 states that ‘none of the FFGs has reached the contracted date that would allow clause 11.13.2 to be invoked’, for each of the FFGs, on what date would each FFG reach the contracted date that would allow clause 11.13.2 to be invoked.

1505  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to Project Sea 1390, the project to upgrade the Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigates (FFGs):

(1) (a) How many additional phases are there beyond Phase 2 of this project; and (b) can an outline be provided of each of the additional phases, including proposed schedule and budget information.

(2) When was each additional phase beyond Phase 2 determined.

(3) Has funding approval been granted to any phases beyond Phase 2.

(4) Why do none of the phases beyond Phase 2 appear in the Defence Capability Plan (DCP), or on the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) Internet site, or in any other publicly available material released by Defence.

(5) With reference to part 6 of the response to question on notice no. 1039 (Senate Hansard , 13 May 2003, p.10805), which indicates that the Minister in his response to a question without notice on 10 December 2002 was referring to Phase 4B of Project Sea 1390: Why does Phase 4B of the project not appear in the DCP, nor on the DMO Internet site, nor in any other publicly available material released by Defence.

(6) With reference to part 6 of the response to question on notice no. 1039: Why will all of the FFGs not be upgraded to the same level under Phase 4B of this project.

(7) With reference to part 12 of the response to question on notice no. 1039, which indicated that the original life for HMAS Newcastle and HMAS Melbourne is unchanged as a result of the upgrade: Why is this the case, given that the life of all other FFGs has increased by 5 years as a result of the upgrade.

1506  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence— With reference to the Sea 1405 projects in the Defence Capability Plan (DCP):

(1) Can a description of all of the phases of this project be provided.

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

(3) What was the original budget for this project, including the budget for each of the phases in the project.

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

(5) Has the schedule for this project changed; if so, why.

(6) How would any schedule change with this project impact on future capability.

(7) Have any of the phases of this project been concluded; if so, which phases have been completed and what was the date of conclusion for each phase.

(8) What is the current budget for this project, including the budget for each of the phases in the project.

(9) What has been the cost of this project to date.

(10) Has the projected budget for this project increased; if so, why.

(11) Has the Government granted approval of funding for this project.

1507  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—In relation to the ANZAC Anti-Ship Missile Defence Upgrade (Project Sea 1448) in the Defence Capability Plan:

(1) Can a description of all of the phases of this project be provided.

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

(3) What was the original budget for this project, including the budget for each of the phases in the project.

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

(5) Has the schedule for this project changed; if so, why.

(6) How would any schedule change with this project impact on future capability.

(7) What is the current budget for the project, including the budget for each of the phases in the project.

(8) What has been the cost of this project to date.

(9) Has the projected budget for this project increased; if so, why.

(10) Has the Government granted approval of funding for this project.

1508  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—In relation to the sale and leaseback of the Royal Edward Victualling Yard Naval Stores (REVY) building at Ultimo in Sydney:

(1) When was the decision taken to sell and lease back the property.

(2) When was the property sold.

(3) Which organisation purchased the property.

(4) What was the sale price for the property.

(5) (a) What rent for the property is Defence paying under the first year of the lease; and (b) what rent will be paid in the second and subsequent years of the lease.

(6) (a) What was the total value of all building works that have been carried out at the REVY building site over the past 5 financial years; and (b) can a complete breakdown of these works be provided.

1509  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—In relation to the sale of the Crows Nest Barracks site at Queenscliff in Victoria:

(1) When was the decision taken to sell the property.

(2) When was the property sold.

(3) Which organisation purchased the property.

(4) What was the sale price for the property.

(5) Why did the property not appear in the full list of proposed Defence property sales for the 2002-03 financial year as provided in the response to question on notice no. 337 (Senate Hansard , 19 August 2002, p. 3205).

1510  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—Can a full list be provided of all the Defence property proposed for sale in the 2003-04 financial year, indicating for each property: (a) the address of the property; (b) the type of property (vacant/buildings); (c) the size of the property; (d) the type of proposed sale (auction, request for proposal, advertised price); (e) the expected price range; and (f) the likely timing of the sale.

1511  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—For each financial year since 1996-97, can a list be provided of all Defence construction activities, indicating: (a) the location of the property (town/suburb, state/territory, postcode); (b) the size of the property; (c) the nature of the property (vacant land, facilities); (d) the nature of the construction activity; and (e) the cost.

1512  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—In relation to the Soldier Combat System project (Project Land 125) in the Defence Capability Plan (DCP):

(1) Can a description of all of the phases of this project be provided.

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

(3) What was the original budget for this project, including the budget for each of the phases in the project.

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

(5) What is the current budget for this project, including the budget for each of the phases in the project.

(6) (a) What has been the total cost of this project to date; and (b) what has been the cost for each completed phase.

(7) Has the Government approved funding for Phase 3 of this project; if not, when is it expected that the Government will grant approval for Phase 3 of this project.

(8) Why was Phase 3 of this project deferred by 12 months in the DCP Supplement in 2002.