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Thursday, 13 August 2009
Page: 4957

Senator Ronaldson asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 10 June 2009:

Can a list be provided of contracts awarded to: (a) the Boston Consulting Group; and (b) the Allen Consulting Group, by the department and/or any of its agencies, of any value, between 1 January 2008 and 31 May 2009, including the value and primary deliverable of the contract.

Senator Faulkner (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   Boston Consulting Group and Allen Consulting Group were each awarded two contracts between the period 1 January 2008 and 31 May 2009. These contracts were:

(a)   Boston Consulting Group

(i)   $1,059, 964 (GST Excl) to develop a strategy for sourcing Information Communication Technology services and for delivering a successful outcome from the preferred option.

(ii)   $50,137.26 (GST Excl) to align the Information Communication Technology Sourcing Strategy to the Joint Project 2047 (JP2047), being the Defence-Wide Area Communications Network project Phase 3, that was brought forward from 2016 to 2011.

(b)   Allen Consulting Group

(i)   $129,345.45 (GST Excl) to conduct a feasibility study on the concept of the Australian Military Mobility Centre. This was to honour a commitment made during the last election campaign. The report found that the initiative was not viable.

(ii)   $1,000 (GST Excl) for a presentation on Politics of Public Policy Formation at the Strategic Studies Centre.