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Thursday, 24 June 2004
Page: 31558

Mr SLIPPER (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration) (4:21 PM) —I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Ordnance Breakdown Facility, Proof and Experimental Establishment site, Port Wakefield, SA.

The Department of Defence proposes to provide an ordnance breakdown facility that will be located at the proof and experimental establishment site at Port Wakefield, in the electorate of Wakefield—represented by Mr Speaker—in South Australia. The proposed facility will enhance capability of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation to provide technical intelligence on a range of weapons that potentially threaten Australian Defence Force personnel.

The proposed ordnance breakdown facility consists of the following elements: a disassembly building that provides separate rooms for breakdown of explosive ordnance, radiographic examination and equipment storage along with an enclosed external unloading/loading bay; a cutting building that provides separate rooms for operation of remotely controlled cutting equipment, radiographic examination and equipment storage along with an enclosed external loading bay; explosive ordnance storehouses for the storage of explosive ordnance and broken down components; and supporting infrastructure and services.

The budget estimate for the proposed works is $8.4 million. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction will start late this year and will be completed by late next year. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.