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Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Page: 5971

Mr CLARE (BlaxlandMinister for Defence Materiel) (17:21): I thank the member for Fadden for his question. The money that the government will contribute is made up of two parts: one part from project 125 and the other part from the DSTO. As I mentioned in my introductory comments, the $11 million is in cash and in kind from the different research organisations and the industry bodies or companies that are involved in this project. It is a project which will go over five years. It involves the development and prototyping of different pieces of equipment and the testing of those pieces of equipment, the detail of which is outlined in dot points in the press release. I recognise and understand the member for Fadden's deep interest in this matter and I am very happy, if he likes, to organise for Defence to give him a detailed briefing on how this will work and how it will roll out to ensure that it achieves something very real and very beneficial for our men and women serving overseas.