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Notice given 2 December 2002

978  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to Department of Defence annual reports, which show that the following amounts were spent on capital equipment projects in each of the following financial years:

1998-99 $2 599.1 million;

1999-2000  $3 219.8 million;

2000-01 $3 608.5 million;

2001-02 $2 702.2 million;

2002-03 $2 482.9 million:

Can the department separately identify for each of those years the amount spent on: (a) existing projects; and (b) new projects (projects where a contract was signed in that year and payments were made for the first time).