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Wednesday, 3 October 1984
Page: 1505


Mr HURFORD (Minister for Housing and Construction) —by leave- (5.20)-I move:

That, in accordance with the provision of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Construction of facilities for the Australian Frigate Project, Williamstown Dockyard, Victoria-Phase B.

The proposed works are for the provision of further shipbuilding facilities at Williamstown Dockyard necessary for the construction of two vessels under the Australian frigate project and to improve the general efficiency of the dockyard . These works comprise phase B of the shipbuilding facilities project and were foreshadowed in the presentation of phase A of the project to the Committee in February 1984. Phase A was approved by Parliament on 5 April 1984.

The shipbuilding facilities project as a whole constitutes the third stage of development of the dockyard for its current role and supplements facilities provided over the last nine years as part of stages 1 and 2 of the dockyard modernisation project. The works proposed in this submission-this would be well known to the Minister for Defence Support (Mr Scholes), who is in the House listening to this debate-comprise a support service centre, an occupational health centre, a guided missile launcher system assembly building, the upgrading of existing workshops and canteen, shipbuilding platens II, a mobile plant facility, an administration building annexe, car parking, shallow pits in Alfred Graving Dock, security measures, site works and engineering services, and a training centre. The estimated cost of the proposed works is $13m at September 1984 prices.

I table plans of the proposed works and, in commending the motion to the House, say how pleased the honourable member for Gellibrand, the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations (Mr Willis), is that this project is going ahead. He is not able to be in the House and talk to this matter today, but I can say that it is another example of the Hawke Labor Government getting on and improving defence and other facilities in this community. I commend the motion to the House.