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Thursday, 21 June 2007
Page: 35

Mr LINDSAY (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence) (11:10 AM) —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: Robertson Barracks redevelopment, Darwin, Northern Territory.

The Department of Defence proposes to undertake a redevelopment of Robertson Barracks, the home of the Army’s 1st Brigade, a brigade that is almost as good as 3rd Brigade in Townsville. The works now proposed are required to meet the requirements of the Australian Army in a complex strategic environment and to meet the requirements of the government’s Hardened and Networked Army initiative and introduction of the Abrams tank fleet. The works consist primarily of extension or replication of existing facilities. The estimated turn-out cost of the proposal is $72.1 million, plus GST. Subject to parliamentary approval, the works would be commenced in early 2008 with the objective of having them completed by 2010.

I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.