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Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Page: 5963

Mr ROBERT (Fadden) (16:45): Minister, in terms of project deferral, some commentators have mentioned that since Labor came to government the project deferrals have now topped about $14 billion worth of projects that have been pushed to the right. I ask the Minister for Defence Materiel to take on notice to provide to the parliament a list of every project that has been deferred, including its capital value and from when it was supposed to deliver to when it will deliver. I leave that on notice with the minister.

I will now look at some issues with respect to that. Considering that there is now a significant bubble of projects to achieve Force 2030 being pushed to the right, Minister, what extra percentage of work can DMO manage? Can it actually manage that bubble coming to the right? Also, what percentage can industry manage both locally and globally to deal with that impending bubble?

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms AE Burke ): For the information of the member for Fadden and everybody else, we still go through the chair for this process. I know it sounds ridiculous, but could you speak through me; otherwise, Hansard finds it a bit—

Mr Robert interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: No, it is all right; it is an easy mistake. In the setting it makes more sense to do what you have done, but the technicality of the standing orders requires something different.