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Tuesday, 10 September 1985
Page: 406

(Question No. 319)

Senator Kilgariff asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aviation, upon notice, on 28 May 1985:

Is the Minister for Aviation aware that the deferral of the re-development of the Darwin International Airport is conservatively estimated, by the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association of the Northern Territory, to have cost each tenderer involved in the project in the order of $20,000; if so, is the Minister prepared to undertake to reimburse the tendering costs to each tenderer, provided all such costs can be justified.

Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

I recognise the cost of tendering is substantial and the Department of Housing and Construction avoids inviting tenders for works that it does not expect to proceed or inviting fresh tenders unless special circumstances apply. The decision to incur tendering costs with view to winning a contract however is a commercial judgment taken in the knowledge that circumstances may change and that the conditions of tendering make clear no tender will necessarily be accepted.