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Notice given 24 July 2003

1658  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to Project AIR 5375:

(1) When were tenders called for this project.

(2) When was a decision made on the preferred supplier.

(3) When was the contract for the supply of the tactical air defence radar systems signed.

(4) What was the original approved budget for this project.

(5) What is the current budget for this project.

(6) What were the original dates for: (a) the initial delivery of the system; and (b) the system’s acceptance into service.

(7) What are the latest estimates for the dates of: (a) initial delivery of the system; and (b) the system’s acceptance into service.

(8) Is Tenix contracted to provide communications, cabins and other infrastructure for this project, as indicated on the Defence Materiel Organisation website.

(9) What were the original delivery dates for the communications, cabins and other infrastructure for this project.

(10) What is the latest estimate for the delivery dates for the communications, cabins and other infrastructure for this project.

(11) Have delays with the delivery of the communications, cabins and other infrastructure for this project delayed the project overall, as indicated in the annual report; if so, what is the extent of this delay.

(12) What explanation has been provided for these delays.

(13) What action has been taken against the suppliers in relation to these delays.

(14) Has the Commonwealth accrued any additional costs due to these delays, for example, in maintaining existing equipment; if so: (a) what is the estimated extent of these costs; and (b) will the Commonwealth be responsible for them.

(15) (a) What is the current capability in tactical air defence radars; (b) when was this existing capability introduced; and (c) what are the limitations of the current capability that warranted its replacement.

1659  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to Project AIR 5333, Phase 1:

(1) Can a detailed description of this project be provided.

(2) (a) When were tenders called for this project; and (b) when did tenders close.

(3) When was a decision made on the preferred supplier.

(4) (a) Who is the preferred supplier; and (b) who was the second preferred supplier.

(5) When was the contract for Project AIR 5333 signed; if the contract has not been signed, why not.

(6) (a) What was the length of the delay between the closing of the tender and the signing of the contract; and (b) what was the cause of the delay.

(7) What is the latest estimate on when a contract for the project will be signed.

(8) What was the original approved budget for this project.

(9) What is the current approved budget for this project.

(10) What were the original dates for: (a) the initial delivery of the system; and (b) the system’s acceptance into service.

(11) What are the latest estimates for the dates of: (a) initial delivery of the system; and (b) the system’s acceptance into service.

(12) Has the preferred supplier put forward proposed changes to the project; if so, what changes are being proposed.

(13) Are there any proposals to change the budget of this project; if so, what change is being proposed.

(14) Has the Commonwealth accrued any additional costs due to the delay in the delivery of this project, for example, in maintaining existing equipment; if so: (a) what is the estimated extent of these costs; and (b) will the Commonwealth be responsible for them.

(15) (a) What is the current capability in air defence command and control systems; (b) when was this existing capability introduced; and (c) what are the limitations of the current capability that warranted its replacement.

1660  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to Operation Anode, the Australian Defence Force contribution to the Solomon Islands Assistance Mission, can a table (as shown below) be provided indicating: (a) the exact number of personnel attached to each element of the deployment; (b) the home base of the personnel; (c) the monthly cost of the deployment of each element; and (d) the role of each element in the deployment:

 

Element of deployment

Number of personnel

Home base

Monthly cost of deployment

Role in deployment

Special Military Adviser

       

Joint Task Force Headquarters

       

Australian Battalion Group

       

Battalion Headquarters

       

Iroquois Helicopters

       

Engin eering Group

       

Combat Service Support Team

       

Caribou Aircraft

       

HMAS Manoora

       

Medium Landing Craft

       

Minor War Vessels

       

Landing Craft Heavy

       

C130 Hercules

       

1661  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—

(1) How much money has been allocated to the nanotechnology (nanoscience) industry per year over the past 5 years.

(2) By what amount does the Minister estimate this expenditure will increase over the next 5 years.

(3) What is the nanotechnology industry currently worth to the Australian economy.

(4) What regulations are in place to govern the research and use of nanotechnology in Australia.

(5) Are there currently labelling regulations for products developed through the use of nanotechnology; if not, will the Minister be introducing such regulations in the near future.

(6) Is there a register of products, covering all industries including medical and information technology, which were developed using nanotechnology.

(7) Will the Minister establish a body to ensure nanotechnology is used in an ethical manner.