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Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Page: 5967


Mr CLARE (BlaxlandMinister for Defence Materiel) (17:02): I thank the member for Fadden for his question. The best way to answer this question is to at first direct the member to the press release that Minister Smith and I issued, which indicates that we are doing some work with Thales and the team at Bendigo for the potential to do additional work on the Bushmaster which will take it to an extra STANAG level. That work is being done with Thales. If we are confident that the work can be done and it will be effective, then we will enter into an agreement with Thales. That is work that is currently being done between DMO and Thales.