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JOINT COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS - 22/09/2005 - CSIRO minerals laboratory extensions, Waterford, Perth
JOINT COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS
Joint committee
Thursday, 22 September 2005
CSIRO minerals laboratory extensions, Waterford, Perth
Final

CHAIR (Mrs Moylan) —I declare open this public hearing into the proposed extension of the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation minerals laboratory at Waterford, Western Australia. This project was referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Public Works on 16 June 2005 for consideration and report to parliament. In accordance with subsection 17(3) of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, which concerns examination on a public work, the committee will have regard to the following:

(3)      In considering and reporting on a public work, the Committee shall have regard to -

(a)      the stated purpose of the work and its suitability for that purpose;

(b)     the necessity for, or the advisability of, carrying out the work;

(c)      the most effective use that can be made, in the carrying out of the work, of the moneys to be expended on the work;

(d)     where the work purports to be of a revenue-producing character, the amount of revenue that it may reasonably be expected to produce; and

(e)      the present and prospective public value of the work.

We had the inspection this morning and a confidential briefing from CSIRO. We have inspected the site of the proposed works. We thank CSIRO for facilitating the committee’s visit to the site. The committee will now hear evidence from the CSIRO, the Curtin University of Technology, the Department of Industry and Resources Chemistry Centre and the Parker centre.

[10.33 am]