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Thursday, 21 June 2007
Page: 36

Mr LINDSAY (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence) (11:13 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: Refurbishment of staff apartments, Australian Embassy complex, Tokyo, Japan.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade proposes to refurbish 43 staff apartments at the Australian Embassy complex in Tokyo, Japan. The Australian government built the existing embassy complex and has occupied it since 1990. The complex comprises the chancery, apartments and recreational facilities. The proposal is to undertake internal refurbishment of all 43 staff apartments. The works will include upgrading building services and will ensure compliance with current standards and building codes and enhanced amenity for tenants.

The Australian government owns the embassy complex, which was valued at $258.25 million in 2006. The estimated out-turned cost of the proposal is $22 million. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is expected to commence in early 2008 with completion in 2010.

I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.