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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 170


Senator Johnston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 11 November 2008:

(1)   How many Leopard tanks: (a) does the Australian Defence Force have; (b) have been offered as part of the decommissioning process; and (c) has the department retained for target practice.

(2)   With reference to the decommissioning of the Australian Army’s Leopard tanks in which the Government has offered the tanks free of charge with attached conditions: has the Minister been notified of which applicants have and have not been successful.

(3)   Can a list of successful and unsuccessful applications be provided.

(4)   What was the process in determining the successful bids.

(5)   Has the Minister sought permission under the end-user agreement with Germany to dispose of the tanks; if so, can a copy of the documentation from the Leopard tank manufacturer and the German Government be provided.


Senator Faulkner (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)  

(a)   103.

(b)   30.

(c)   26.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   A list of 28 of the 30 successful organisations is provided below (two organisations have declined the offer). Defence has received over 350 inquiries and requests relating to the disposal of the Leopard tank fleet. The list of unsuccessful organisations will not be provided.

 

Organisation

State

Ayr Anzac Memorial Club

QLD

Beenleigh RSL

QLD

Bendigo RSL

VIC

Bribie Island RSL

QLD

Bunbury RSL

WA

Canberra Services Club

ACT

Collie Cardiff RSL

WA

Echuca and Moama RSL

NSW

Echunga RSL

SA

Epping RSL

VIC

Esperance RSL and Esperance Museum

WA

Forster-Tuncurry RSL

NSW

Ingleburn RSL

NSW

Jerilderie RSL

NSW

Kilcoy RSL

QLD

Maitland RSL

NSW

Maroochydore RSL

QLD

McLaren Vale RSL

SA

Mount Gambier Community RSL

SA

City of Palmerston RSL

NT

Port Kennedy RSL

WA

Port Augusta RSL

SA

Rutherglen RSL

VIC

Seymour RSL

VIC

Tambar Springs - Premer RSL

NSW

Upwey - Belgrave RSL

VIC

Woodford RSL

QLD

Yarrawonga-Mulwala RSL

VIC

 

(4)   Prior to the 2007 election, the previous Minister selected the organisations to receive a Leopard tank. I have endorsed the selections made by the previous Government.

(5)   Defence is currently processing the necessary approvals with the German Government for the disposal of the Leopard fleet.