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Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Page: 5265

Mr HUNT (Flinders) (20:49): I want to return to the issue of the Aurora Australis, the Antarctic icebreaker. Has any money been allocated anywhere in the budget, either within the portfolio statement or in the contingency reserve, to meet the need for a replacement vessel? One will be required, no matter what the price. The reason I ask this is that usual budgetary practice is that if, for reasons of commercial sensitivity, an item is excluded from the portfolio statement during a tender process, provision is made within the contingency reserve. Is it likely, and is it the minister's understanding, that the full amount necessary to replace the Aurora Australis has been budgeted for—at least within the contingency reserve?