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Notice given 23 July 2003

1647  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—Can a copy be provided of the department’s Organisational Effectiveness Branch report, The Defence Reform Program Internal Review and Lessons Learned—March 2001 , which is quoted extensively by the Australian National Audit Office in its audit report, Defence Reform Program management and outcomes (No. 16 of 2001-02).

1648  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to table 4.4, Defence Reform Program Reinvestment, on page 120 of the Defence Portfolio Budget Statements 2000-01 which projects how savings achieved under the Defence Reform Program would be reinvested between the 2000-01 and 2003-04 financial years:

(1) Can a table, in the same format as the table referred to above, be provided which indicates the extent to which this reinvestment has occurred between the 2000-01 and 2002-03 financial years.

(2) Have similar projections been made for the 2004-05 to 2006-07 financial years; if so, can these projections be provided.

1649  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the two tables on page 121 of the Defence Portfolio Budget Statements 2000-01 that project cumulative civilian and military personnel reductions across Defence between the 2000-01 and 2003-04 financial years as a result of the Defence Reform Program:

(1) Can a table, in the same format as the tables referred to above, be provided which indicates the extent to which these projected personnel reductions occurred between the 2000-01 and 2002-03 financial years.

(2) Have similar projections been made for the 2004-05 to 2006-07 financial years; if so, can these projections be provided.

1650  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to table 4.3, Defence Reform Program Cumulative Resources Available for Reinvestment by Major Initiative Category, on page 118 of the Defence Portfolio Budget Statements 2000-01 which projects the cumulative savings available for reinvestment as a result of the Defence Reform Program between the 2000-01 and 2003-04 financial years.

(1) Can a table, in the same format as the table referred to above, be provided which indicates the extent to which these savings were achieved between the 2000-01 and 2002-03 financial years.

(2) Have similar projections been made for the 2004-05 to 2006-07 financial years; if so, can these projections be provided.

1654  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the proposed sale of the Gan Gan Army Camp at Port Stephens:

(1) How much land is proposed for sale.

(2) What was this land previously used for.

(3) How is the sale process to be managed.

(4) (a) Who is managing the sale on behalf of Defence; and (b) how much are they being paid.

(5) What are the key dates in the sale process.

(6) Have any organisations expressed an interest in the site; if so, can a list of the organisations be provided.

(7) Has the land been valued by either the New South Wales Valuer General or the Australian Valuation Office; if so: (a) on what dates did the valuations occur; and (b) what was the estimated value of the site.

(8) Is Defence aware of any heritage and/or environmental significance attached to the site.

(9) Is Defence aware that this land is home to many rare and threatened species, including koalas, bats, frogs and birds.

(10) Were these issues taken into account prior to the decision being taken to sell the land; if not, why not; if so: (a) on what basis was it decided to sell the land; (b) who took this decision; and (c) when was the decision taken.

(11) Are there any restrictions on the future use of the land in the sale documentation; if not, why not; if so, can a description of the nature of these restrictions be provided.

(12) Could the land be used for residential and/or commercial development.

(13) Does Defence consider that residential and/or commercial development would be an appropriate use of this site.

(14) Did Defence have any discussions with either the local council or the State Government prior to the decision being taken to sell the land; if not, why not; if so, what was the nature of these discussions.

(15) Given the environmental and heritage significance of the site, did Defence raise the possibility of gifting the land to the local council or the State Government for preservation as part of the Tomaree National Park; if not, why not.

1655  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the proposed sale of Defence land at Maribyrnong in Victoria:

(1) How much land is proposed for sale.

(2) What was this land previously used for.

(3) How is the sale process to be managed.

(4) Who is managing the sale on behalf of Defence; and (b) how much are they being paid.

(5) (a) Has the sale itself been advertised; if so, when did this occur; and (b) can a copy of the advertisement be provided.

(6) What are the key dates in the sale process.

(7) To date, have any organisations expressed an interest in the site; if so, can a list of the organisations be provided.

(8) Has the land been valued by either the Victorian Valuer General or the Australian Valuation Office; if so: (a) on what dates did the valuations occur; and (b)  what was the estimated value of the site.

(9) Is Defence aware of any heritage and/or environmental significance attached to the site.

(10) Was this taken into account prior to the decision being taken to sell the land; if not, why not.

(11) On what basis was it decided to sell the land.

(12) (a) Who took this decision; and (b) when was the decision taken.

(13) Are there any restrictions on the future use of the land in the sale documentation; if not, why not; if so, can a description of the nature of these restrictions be provided.

(14) Could the land be used for residential and/or commercial development.

(15) Does Defence consider that residential and/or commercial development would be an appropriate use of this site.

(16) Did Defence have any discussions with either the local council or the State Government prior to the decision being taken to sell the land; if not, why not; if so, what was the nature of these discussions.

(17) Given the environmental and heritage significance of the site, did Defence raise the possibility of gifting the land to the local council or the State Government for preservation as parkland; if not, why not.

1656  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) Can a list be provided of all Professional Service Providers (PSPs) engaged by the department during the 2001-02 financial year; and (b) what amount was paid to each of these PSPs.

(2) Can a list be provided of all PSPs engaged by the department during the 2002-03 financial year; and (b) what amount was paid for each of these PSPs.

1657  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) Can a list be provided of all external consultants engaged by the department during the 2001-02 financial year; and (b) what amount was paid to each of these external consultants.

(2) Can a list be provided of all external consultants engaged by the department during the 2002-03 financial year; and (b) what amount was paid to each of these external consultants.