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Thursday, 10 March 2005
Page: 179


Senator O’Brien asked the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 23 December 2004:

With reference to the proposed new Immigration Reception and Processing Centre (IRPC) on Christmas Island:

(1) (a)   What is the current estimated total cost of construction including related costs; and (b) will the Minister provide a detailed breakdown of the cost. (2)   (a) What funds have been expended so far; and (b) will the Minister provide a detailed breakdown of the cost by financial year.

(2) (a)   What funds have been expended so far; and (b) will the Minister provide a detailed breakdown of the cost by financial year.

(3)   Will the Minister provide a list of all contracts let for the construction phase of the project, including the successful tenderer.

(4)   On what date will: (a) the early works phase of the project be completed; (b) the main works phase of the contract commence; (c) the main works phase of the contract be completed; and (d) the IRPC be operational. (5)   (a) What compensation was paid to Phosphate Resources Limited for the resumption of land for the IRPC; (b) on what date was this compensation paid; (c) who undertook the negotiations on behalf of the Commonwealth; (d) which Minister approved the compensation; and (e) what program was the source of the compensation funds. (6)   (a) What consultants have been engaged in relation to the IRPC project; and (b) in each case, what was the nature of the consultancy, the term of the consultancy and the associated financial value. (7)   (a) On what date did the Department of Finance and Administration assume responsibility for the project; (b) why did the Department of Finance and Administration assume responsibility for the project; and (c) what other IRPC construction projects did the Department of Finance and Administration manage prior to the transfer of responsibility for the IRPC project.

(5) (a)   What compensation was paid to Phosphate Resources Limited for the resumption of land for the IRPC; (b) on what date was this compensation paid; (c) who undertook the negotiations on behalf of the Commonwealth; (d) which Minister approved the compensation; and (e) what program was the source of the compensation funds. (6)   (a) What consultants have been engaged in relation to the IRPC project; and (b) in each case, what was the nature of the consultancy, the term of the consultancy and the associated financial value. (7)   (a) On what date did the Department of Finance and Administration assume responsibility for the project; (b) why did the Department of Finance and Administration assume responsibility for the project; and (c) what other IRPC construction projects did the Department of Finance and Administration manage prior to the transfer of responsibility for the IRPC project.

(6) (a)   What consultants have been engaged in relation to the IRPC project; and (b) in each case, what was the nature of the consultancy, the term of the consultancy and the associated financial value. (7)   (a) On what date did the Department of Finance and Administration assume responsibility for the project; (b) why did the Department of Finance and Administration assume responsibility for the project; and (c) what other IRPC construction projects did the Department of Finance and Administration manage prior to the transfer of responsibility for the IRPC project.

(7) (a)   On what date did the Department of Finance and Administration assume responsibility for the project; (b) why did the Department of Finance and Administration assume responsibility for the project; and (c) what other IRPC construction projects did the Department of Finance and Administration manage prior to the transfer of responsibility for the IRPC project.

(8)   What role does the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs perform in relation to the project during planning and construction.

(9)   What role does the Department of Transport and Regional Services perform in relation to the project during planning and construction.

(10)   Have all contracts let for the construction phase of the project included local training and local business content; if so, will the Minister provide details; if not, why not.

(11)   Has the local training and local business involvement which formed part of the assessment criteria for the major works contract been consistent with evidence given by the Department of Finance and Administration to the Joint Standing Committee on Public Works on 31 October 2003; if so, will the Minister provide details; if not, why not.

(12)   Will local training and employment and local business involvement form part of the assessment criteria for the service contract for the operation of the IRPC; if not, why not.

(13)   Will the Christmas Island community have access to recreational and other facilities at the IRPC, subject to operational needs.


Senator Vanstone (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

The Minister for Finance and Administration is responsible for construction of the Christmas Island Immigration Reception Processing Centre (IRPC) project. The following responses are in relation to issues affecting my portfolio.

(1) (a)   The estimated total cost to the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs for the Christmas Island IRPC project is some $25.535m being $20.419m in capital and $5.116m in recurrent.

(b)   The current estimated total cost to the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs for the Christmas Island IRPC project is some $25.535m. This cost is broken down as follows:

construction camp

$9.684m

bulk earthworks

$10.735m

project design and management

$2.498m

internal costs

$2.618m

(2)   (a)   Expenditure to date by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (as at 31 December 2004) is $24.324m.

(2) (a)   Expenditure to date by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (as at 31 December 2004) is $24.324m.

(b)   The breakdown of the cost by financial year:

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

TOTAL

Construction

-

$20.419

-

-

$20.419m

Design & Management

$.693m

$1.202m

$.279m

$.030m

$2.204m

Internal Costs

$.231m

$1.099m

$.219m

$.151m

$1.701m

(3)   The contracts let by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs below relate to the construction phase of the original 1200 bed project prior to 18 February 2003:

  

Contract

Name of Contractor

Project Management and Superintendency

N.M. Rothschild and Son

Legal Services

Clayton Utz

Cost Manager

WT Partnership

Whole-of-Life Operational Cost Advisor

GHD Pty Ltd

Architect

Phillip Smith Conwell Architects Pty Ltd

Main Works

Walter Construction Group