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Notice given 8 May 2007

3193  Senator Lundy: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) Has the Minister, the Minister’s office, or the department had contact with members of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly Opposition in relation to the provision of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and/or assets to provide a temporary crossing of the river at Tharwa; if so: (a) what was the nature of the contact, that is, was it by paper or electronic correspondence, telephone conversation or meeting; (b) who instigated the contact and when; (c) what was the purpose and outcome of the contact; and (d) when did the contact occur.

(2) If the contact referred to in paragraph (1) was a meeting, who was present at the meeting and in what capacity.

(3) Do written records of the contact exist; if so, can the records be provided; if not, why not.

(4) With reference to the contact referred to in paragraph (1): (a) what assets were: (i) sought, and (ii) offered; (b) what number and designation of personnel was: (i) sought, and (ii) offered; (c) what was the total projected cost of ADF assistance: (i) sought, and (ii) offered; (d) was the Government asked to meet the full cost of the assistance sought; if so, is the Government willing to meet this cost; and (e) have members of the ADF or any other entity been commissioned by the Commonwealth to carry out surveying and/or engineering work to determine the location and suitability of the type of temporary crossing sought or offered; if so, what findings have been made.