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Monday, 30 August 2004
Page: 26780

Senator Ludwig asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 29 July 2004:

Has Intercard Wireless Limited submitted a tender for the proposed biometric passport; if so, what steps has the Government taken to ensure this proposed tenderer will be able to deliver on the tender, given that it is currently suspended from trading, has not paid its listing fee to the Australian Stock Exchange and was ordered to lodge its 2001-02 annual financial reports by the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The following answer has been provided by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to the honourable senator's question:

Responses to a tender for various components of the proposed biometric passport are currently under evaluation and accordingly I am not able to comment on the process. All relevant information will be taken into account during the evaluation process.