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Notice given 21 March 2011

463  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, what specific savings have been made in the Strategic Reform Program (SRP) ‘Provisional Savings and Costs - Gross SRP Stream Savings’ for: (a) information and communications technology; (b) inventory; (c) logistics; (d) non-equipment procurement; (e) Reserves; (f) shared services; and (g) workforce.

464  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, what specific savings have been made in the Strategic Reform Program (SRP) ‘Provisional Savings and Costs - SRP Stream Costs’ for: (a) information and communications technology; (b) inventory; (c) smart maintenance; (d) logistic; (e) non-equipment procurement; (f) preparedness and personnel and operating costs; (g) Reserves; (h) shared services; (i) workforce; and (j) Mortimer implementation.

 

 465  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, what specific savings have been made in the Strategic Reform Program (SRP) ‘Provisional Savings and Costs - SRP Stream Net Savings’ for: (a) information and communications technology; (b) inventory; (c) smart maintenance; (d) logistic; (e) non-equipment procurement; (f) preparedness and personnel and operating costs; (g) Reserves; (h) shared services; and (i) workforce.

466  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, what specific savings have been made in the Strategic Reform Program ‘Other Savings’ for the following areas: (a) zero based budgeting review; (b) minor capital program; (c) facilities program; (d) administrative; and (e) productivity.

467  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the White Paper and the Strategic Reform Program ‘Indicative Workforce Implications’:

(1) As at 31 December 2010, how many uniformed personnel, full-time and part-time, were employed.

(2) As at 1 July 2010, how many uniformed personnel were employed on the projects.

468  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the White Paper and the Strategic Reform Program ‘Indicative Workforce Implications - Military Workforce’:

(1) As at 31 December 2010, how many civilian personnel, full-time and part-time, were employed in implementing the White Paper initiatives.

(2) As at 1 July 2010: (a) how many civilian personnel were employed; and (b) in what programs.

469  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the White Paper and the Strategic Reform Program ‘Indicative Workforce Implications - Military Workforce’: For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, how many uniformed personnel, including full-time and part-time, were employed in implementing the White Paper initiatives.

471  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the White Paper and the Strategic Reform Program ‘Indicative Workforce Implications - Military Workforce’: As at 31 December 2010, what increase or reduction has there been in civilian personnel employed, full-time and part-time, in the department and in the Defence Materiel Organisation since 1 July 2008.

472  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the White Paper and the Strategic Reform Program ‘Indicative Workforce Implications - Civilian Workforce’: For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, how many personnel, including full-time and part-time, were employed as Australian Public Service staff or contractors.

473  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the White Paper and the Strategic Reform Program (SRP) ‘Indicative Workforce Implications - Civilian Workforce’: For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, how many Australian Public Service staff or contractors, including full-time and part-time, were employed on White Paper/SRP initiatives.

 

 475  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the White Paper and the Strategic Reform Program ‘Indicative Workforce Implications - Civilian Workforce’: As at 31 December 2010, what increase or reduction has there been in full-time and part-time Australian Public Service staff or contractors employed since 1 July 2008.

476  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, which submarines in the Royal Australian Navy fleet were fully operational ready for tasking with a full crew complement and capable of completing Unit Ready Days and Tasking Ready Days.

477  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010: (a) which submarines in the Royal Australian Navy fleet were non-operational; and (b) for each submarine that was non-operational, what was the reason for its non-operational status.

(2) What was the cost of maintaining the six submarines for the periods: (a) 1 July to 31 December 2010; and (b) 1 January to 31 December 2010.

(3) What was the total cost of operating and sustaining the six submarines for the periods: (a) 1 July to 31 December 2010; and (b) 1 January to 31 December 2010.

(4) What were the crewing complements for each of the six submarines for each month in the periods: (a) 1 July to 31 December 2010; and (b) 1 January to 31 December 2010.

478  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010: (a) how many fully qualified personnel are ‘Dolphin Qualified’ and permanently employed in the Royal Australian Navy to operate submarines; and (b) how many ‘Dolphin Qualified’ personnel were tasked with other duties and what were these duties.

479  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, how many personnel fully completed training courses and became ‘Dolphin Qualified’ and eligible to serve on submarines.

480  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, how many personnel completed training courses and became ‘Perisher Qualified’ and eligible to command a submarine.

481  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 31 December 2010, how many Royal Australian Navy personnel are ‘Perisher Qualified’ and eligible to command a submarine.

482  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, which submarines were undergoing maintenance/refit programs and for what length of time.

483  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010:

(1) Which naval vessels were fully operational with a full crew complement.

(2) Which naval vessels were not fully operational ready for immediate tasking.

 

 (2) For each naval vessel that was non-operational ready, what was the reason for its non-operational status.

(3) What were the operational strengths on all naval vessels of the: (a) engineering officers and sailors; and (b) non-engineering officers and sailors.

484  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—Given that video communications are integrated into robots, soldiers and unmanned aerial vehicles, network-centric warfare is becoming the organising principle of war fighting, and frontline demands for bandwidth are rising at a rapid rate: For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, what did the Australian Defence Force do and how much did it spend on: (a) establishing a network-centric warfare capability; and (b) addressing the issue of increased bandwidth.

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 485-487)—

(1) For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, for each agency within the responsibility of the Minister, how much was spent on media monitoring.

(2) As at 1 July and 31 December 2010: (a) how many staff, uniformed and civilian, full-time and part-time, were employed in public relations and/or the media in the department or each agency within the responsibility of the Minister; (b) what were the position levels of these staff; and (c) how many of these staff were: (i) permanent, (ii) temporary, or (iii) contractors.

485 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

486 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 22 March 2011 )

487 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Materiel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 22 March 2011 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 488-490)—For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, for each agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary: (a) what communications programs were undertaken or were planned to be undertaken; and (b) what was the total spend in each communications program.

488 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

489 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 22 March 2011 )

490 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Materiel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 22 March 2011 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 491-493)—

(1) For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010: (a) what was the hospitality spend for each agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary; and (b) for each hospitality event, can the following details be provided: (i) the date, (ii) the location, (iii) the purpose, (iv) the cost and (v) the number of attendees.

(2) For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, can details be provided of the total hospitality spend for the office of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary.

491 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

492 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 22 March 2011 )

 

 493 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Materiel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 22 March 2011 )

Senator Johnston: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 500-502)—For each portfolio/agency within the responsibility of the Minister/Parliamentary Secretary:

(1) How many reviews are currently being undertaken in the portfolio/agency or affecting the portfolio/agency.

(2) What was the commencement date of each review.

(3) When will each review conclude.

(4) (a) Which reviews were completed in the period 1 July to 31 December 2010; and (b) when will the Government respond to the each of these reviews.

(5) As at 31 December 2010, what was the cost of each of these reviews.

500 Minister representing the Minister for Defence

501 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 22 March 2011 )

502 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Materiel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 22 March 2011 )

503  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 31 December 2010:

(1) With reference to the acquisition of the first 14 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft: (a) what is the expected expenditure on the acquisition; (b) what is supplied as equipment, supporting systems, weapons, services or infrastructure to the Australian Defence Force (ADF); (c) when will these aircraft be delivered; (d) when will they become fully operational; and (e) what is the estimated through-life support and operating costs for these aircraft over an expected 30 year period of operation.

(2) When will the remaining 86 F-35 JSF be purchased (as referenced in the Defence White Paper 2009 , p. 78, paragraph 9.60, ‘The Government has decided that it will acquire around 100 F-35 JSF, along with supporting systems and weapons. The first stage of this acquisition will acquire three operational squadrons comprising not fewer than 72 aircraft’).

(3) With reference to the acquisition of the remaining 86 F-35 JSF aircraft: (a) what is the expected expenditure on the acquisition; (b) what will be supplied as equipment, supporting systems, weapons, services or infrastructure to the ADF; (c) when will the aircraft be delivered; (d) when will they become fully operational; (e) where will the JSF squadrons be based, and when; and (e) what is the estimated through-life support and operating costs over an expected 30 year period of operation.

(4) What savings would be made by cancelling the purchase of 24 F-35 JSF aircraft and purchasing 24 Super Hornets.

504  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 31 December 2010:

(1) Is it still planned to acquire 12 submarines as per the White Paper direction ‘the Government takes the view that our future strategic circumstances necessitate a substantially expanded submarine fleet of 12 boats in order to sustain a force at sea’ ( Defence White Paper 2009 , p. 64, paragraph 8.40).

 

 (2) What plans and strategies are in place to man the 12 future submarines given the great difficulty in 2010, of manning and operating our current submarines.

(3) What is the expected cost of acquiring 12 future submarines, over the next: (a) 12 months; (b) 5 years; (c) 10 years; and (d) 15 years.

(4) What funding has been provided to assist in the planning for the 12 future submarines.

(5) When is it expected that the first pass approval will be provided to advance the purchase of the 12 future submarines.

(6) What is the expected through-life support and operating costs of a fleet of 12 future submarines over a 30 year operating period.

(7) When is it envisaged that the first of the 12 future submarines will be launched and fully operational.

(8) What is the expected cost per year of maintaining and operating our 6 Collins Class submarines until they are de-commissioned, broken down by year until 2025.

(9) What is the specific phasing-out program for the existing Collins Class submarines.

506  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) With reference to the Government commissioned report, 2008 Audit of the Defence Budget which identified that ‘a real growth rate of 3.5% in capital expenditure on SME [Specialised Military Equipment] [is required] just to replace today’s equipment. To deliver the capabilities proposed in the recommended Force Structure Option requires a growth rate of 4.2%’: As at 31 December 2010, what will be the amount required to fund, in nominal dollars, the major capital equipment program each year from 2010-11 to 2029-30, so as to fund the White Paper ‘Force 2030’ initiatives.

(2) With reference to the report, The Cost of Defence: ASPI Defence Budget Brief 2010-11 which states, ‘on the basis of long-term trends in defence costs, it is unlikely that the promised 2.2% real growth post 2017-18 will be adequate to sustain let alone expand the ADF [Australian Defence Force] as planned. In other words, the plan was probably not affordable to begin with’: Based on this analysis, as at 31 December 2010, how will the Government fund its Defence White Paper commitments, by year until 2030, when funding drops to 2.2 per cent real growth per annum, below that that needed to sustain the ADF.

507  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the Strategic Reform Program: For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010: (a) where specifically have the provisional savings of the forecasted $529 million have been made; (b) can a detailed explanation be provided of where these savings have been realised; and (c) what one-off savings been made.

508  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010, what productivity improvement savings have been made by the department and by the Defence Materiel Organisation.

 

 509  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010: (a) what savings have been made in reducing the cost of combat capability through the use of Reserves and deployable contractors; and (b) have any one-off savings been made; if so, where are these savings to be found.

510  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010: (a) what specific productivity improvement savings of the forecasted $5.1 billion have been made in Smart Sustainment reform; and (b) what one-off savings been made.

511  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010: (a) what specific savings of the expected $4.4 billion over the period 2010 to 2019 have been made in the implementation of Smart Maintenance techniques; and (b) what one-off savings been made.

512  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010: (a) what specific savings of the expected $700 million over the period 2010 to 2019 have been made in the optimising of inventory holdings and the introducing of more efficient management techniques; and (b) what one-off savings been made.

513  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 July to 31 December 2010: (a) what specific savings of the expected $320 million over the period 2010 to 2019 have been made in Storage and Distribution (Logistics) Reform where the adoption of automated technologies and improved business practices ensure cost effectiveness and efficiency; and (b) what one-off savings been made.

514  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 31 December 2010:

(1) From which areas of expenditure will the enhanced force protection measures be made.

(2) What specific programs will be cut or deferred to meet this cost.

(3) Why did the Government cease disclosing deferrals in expenditure in the 2008-09 Budget which has continued through to the 2010-11 Budget.

(4) (a) What are the specific deferrals in expenditure since 2008-09; and (b) why have these deferrals been made.

(5) What percentage increase, if any, will be made to enable future capital equipment initiatives over the forward estimates period.

(6) As it is not clear in the 2010-11 Budget, what specific projects are planned for approval in 2010-11.

(7) (a) What programs in 2010-11 will now have to be resourced through absorbed costs; and (b) what programs have been cancelled or deferred to enable these costs to be absorbed.

(8) Of the $20.6 billion worth of savings under the Strategic Reform Program (SRP) it would appear that $4.6 billion of this involves the re-allocation of funds and is not a savings item at all - how can this claim of savings be made when it is in fact a reallocation of funds.

(9) Under the SRP, why has the number of civilian employees to be cut been reduced from the forecast 3 125 to 1 708.

 

 519  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer provided to question on notice nos 117-119:

(1) What guidelines are provided to departmental personnel in terms of claiming child minding expenses for representational purposes.

(2) Can an itemised breakdown be provided of the $5 021 incurred in the period 1 July to 31 December 2010.

520  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer provided to question on notice nos 117-119:

(1) What guidelines are provided to departmental personnel in terms of claiming for memberships for representational purposes.

(2) Can an itemised breakdown be provided of the $2 141 incurred in the period 1 July to 31 December 2010.

521  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer provided to question on notice nos 117-119:

(1) Who attended the official dinner at the Halo Restaurant on 30 November 2010.

(2) What was the cost per head for this function.

(3) Who approved the expenditure.

522  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer provided to question on notice nos 117-119:

(1) Who attended the Majestic Cruises, Sydney Harbour event on 30 November 2010.

(2) What was the cost per head for this function.

(3) What was the official purpose of this function.

(4) Who approved the expenditure.

523  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer provided to question on notice nos 117-119:

(1) Who attended the Chief of Navy Counterpart Visit to Australia - Chief of Navy France events between 4 July and 7 July 2010.

(2) What was the cost per head for this function.

(3) What was the official purpose of this function.

(4) Who approved the expenditure.

524  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer provided to question on notice nos 117-119:

(1) Who attended the Chief of Navy official end of year reception function on 14 December 2010.

(2) What was the cost per head for this function.

(3) What was the official purpose of this function.

(4) Who approved the expenditure.

530  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer provided to question on notice nos 117-119:

(1) How many attended the 34 Squadron Thank You function at Parliament House on 24 November 2010.

(2) What was the cost per head for this function.

 

 (3) What was the official purpose of this function.

(4) Who approved the expenditure.

531  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer provided to question on notice nos 117-119:

(1) Why did the department contribute $428 to the Embassy reception for the World Cup on 7 July 2010.

(2) Who attended this function.

(3) What was the official purpose of this function.

(4) Who approved the expenditure.