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MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon. John Moore, MP Minister for Defence

Tuesday, 9th May, 2000 MIN 091/00

 

Defence Budget Good News for Victoria

 

The Minister for Defence, John Moore, today said that the 2000 Defence Budget is good news for Victoria.

"The Defence Budget contains expenditure of $13 million for Victoria on Defence facilities projects in the 2000-01 financial year. The overall value of these projects is more than $105 million," Mr Moore said.

"The increase in Defence funding announced in the 2000-01 Budget is a clear demonstration of the Coalition Government’s continuing commitment to Defence.

"The Government has more than kept its 1998 election commitment. Defence funding has been maintained in real terms, in addition to Australia maintaining its ongoing contribution to peacekeeping operations in East Timor."

Projects funded in this year’s Budget include:

 

Location Project 2000-2001

$m

Total Est

Cost $m

Bendigo Construction of Army Reserve multi user depot 3.000 5.050

Watsonia Redevelopment of Army facilities 0.010 5.800

Laverton, Melbourne Facilities for ADF school of Languages 0.032 5.123

Albion, Melbourne Decontamination works of former explosives factory site to facilitate its redevelopment 3.461 28.635

Southeast Melbourne Construction of Army Reserve multi user depot 2.900 4.600

Fishermens Bend, Melbourne DSTO relocation of research laboratories 4.000 56.200

    13.403 105.408

 

Total Defence Departmental Appropriations, excluding the capital use charge, is $12.2 billion, which is 1.8% of GDP. Total Defence funding from all sources for 2000-01 is $19.4 billion.

"A key feature of this year’s Budget is the Government’s commitment to the Reserves. Through legislative changes the Federal Government wants to make the Reserves more attractive to young Australians and their employers, as well as a more integrated and capable component of the ADF..

"The Government also will release, later this year, a Defence White Paper which will be a comprehensive statement of the Government’s defence policy for the 21st Century," Mr Moore said.

"The White Paper will provide a timely contribution to the public debate on defence, in light of significant changes in Australia’s strategic environment, the increasing demands that are being placed on the Australian Defence Force, and the assessment of future, major equipment decisions."

 

(The way that the GST affects budget estimates, accounting statements and appropriations is described in Budget Paper Number 4)

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