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Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Page: 5970

Mr CLARE (BlaxlandMinister for Defence Materiel) (17:15): I thank the member for Fadden for his question. I believe the PICs are important, because they help to identify the key, critical capabilities that the Defence Force needs to keep in country. I said at the ADM conference that they need to be more than just a list. We need to make certain that these PICs are healthy. So I announced at the ADM conference a health check to be done on all the priority industry capabilities that the government has identified. That work is ongoing. The first of those health checks is reaching a conclusion and I will be in a position in the next few weeks to release the details of those checks. I think that is important. It is important to have more than just a list; you have to know whether the capabilities are healthy, whether they are thriving or not and whether more work is needed to make sure that what we have identified as priority capabilities exist. That is an important piece of work the government is doing, and I look forward to sharing the outcomes of that work with the member for Fadden in the next few weeks.