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Thursday, 8 June 1989
Page: 3667

Senator RICHARDSON —Further to a question asked of me by Senator Peter Baume on the Jindalee project, I have some more information. The target of the Australian industry program in Jindalee is that the Australian and New Zealand content for the project will be at least 70 per cent of the contract price and that, together with offsets in designated work, the total Australian industry program will be in the order of 80 per cent of the contract price. Furthermore, the tender evaluation criteria in the request for tender state that it is a condition of acceptability that the Commonwealth objectives for Australian industry for the project be satisfied.

These objectives are stated as being to foster the establishment and maintenance of an Australian infrastructure suitable for, first, system engineering support of the Jindalee over-the-horizon radar network throughout the network life, and, secondly, the development of an environment which permits the support of evolutionary developments likely to occur over the network life, including the modification, adaptation and redesign for the network to changed needs. Within those broad industry objectives there is to be no government furnishing equipment in Jindalee, apart from COMSEC equipment. The prime contractor must be given the total responsibility to come up with the most cost effective approach to satisfying the Commonwealth needs.