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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

MINISTER FOR FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION SENATOR THE HON NICK MINCHIN

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.ag.gov.au

16 August 2006 157/2006

DESIGNERS SOUGHT FOR INTELLIGENCE FACILITY

The Government will shortly be inviting submissions from design professionals to assist with the design of a state of the art intelligence facility.

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and Office of National Assessments will move to a purpose-built building within Canberra’s security precinct by 2010-11, the Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, and Minister for Finance and Administration, Nick Minchin, announced today.

The new building will be purpose-designed, operating 24 hours a day with a level of security commensurate with the threat Australia faces from terrorism.

The building will be project-managed by the Department of Finance and Administration and constructed on Commonwealth land between Constitution Avenue and Parkes Way, next to Anzac Park East.

The chosen site will enable ASIO and ONA to remain near other close partners in the intelligence and law enforcement community.

The need for ASIO to be relocated followed from the findings of the Taylor review which recommended the Organisation grow to 1860 staff by 2010-11.

The Government allocated funding in the 2006-07 Budget to strengthen ASIO’s capability in a range of areas, including intelligence collection and assessment, surveillance, technical operations, border security and IT systems. The Budget also gave in-principle approval for a new building to house ASIO and ONA.

The estimated cost of the building is to be the subject of detailed consideration in the 2007-08 Budget.

Media Contact: Mr Ruddock - Michael Pelly (02) 6277 7300 0419 278 715

Senator Minchin - David Wawn (02) 6277 7400 0409 866 462