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Notice given 31 August 2006

2460  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Why was the tender RFP 05/06-17 Design, Manufacture and Installation of ADS-B Avionics issued by Airservices Australia terminated.

(2) Has Airservices Australia developed (or are developing) any alternative arrangements to the cancelled tender; if so, can details be provided.

(3) Was industry consulted on the termination of this tender:

(a) if so: (i) what was the form of this consultation, (ii) what was the outcome of this consultation, and (iii) what was communicated by industry during the consultation; and

(b) if not, why not.

(4) Was industry notified that the tender was to be terminated prior to the termination:

(a) if so: (i) when, and (ii) was industry critical of the decision to terminate the tender and can the details be provided;

(b) if not, why not.

(5) Can a copy be provided of the notification issued to industry indicating that the tender was terminated.

(6) How many applications were received for the tender.

(7) Will the tender be re-opened at a later date:

(a) if so: (i) when, and (ii) why was it necessary to close the tender if it was to be re-opened at a later point; and

(b) if not, why not.

(8) Did any organisations, companies or persons receive grants from federal, state or local governments to assist in the development of the tender application; if so: (a) was the Minister aware of this; (b) what was the total value of grants made to assist in the development of tender applications; and (c) to which organisation, company or person were these grants made.