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Wednesday, 2 February 1994
Page: 295

(Question No. 957)


Senator Calvert asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 24 December 1993:

  (1) As of 17 December 1993 has either the department or the Government made a formal decision to transfer the control of HMAS Huon to the Tasmanian Building and Hospitality Group Apprenticeship Scheme; if so, has such a proposal been considered formally by Cabinet.

  (2) In reference to advertisements by the Tasmanian Building and Hospitality Group Apprenticeship Scheme placed in the Hobart Mercury of 18 and 19 December 1993, inviting expressions of interest in using/hiring sections of HMAS Huon, on whose authority were the advertisements placed and were they approved by the Minister.

  (3) Does the Tasmanian Building and Hospitality Group Apprenticeship Scheme have either the authority or the legal right to act as landlord for a Commonwealth defence facility.

  (4) Does the Minister support this action by the Tasmanian Building and Hospitality Group Apprenticeship Scheme.

  (5) Has the department received estimates as to the cost of alterations to Anglesea Barracks in order to accommodate the naval cadets and naval reservists; if so, what are those costs.

  (6) Are sections of the current army facility at Anglesea Barracks to be transferred to Dowsings Point in order to accommodate the transfer from HMAS Huon, if so, which sections.

  (7) Has the department received estimates as to the cost of alterations to Dowsings Point to accommodate the operations transferred from Anglesea Barracks, if so, what are those costs.


Senator Robert Ray —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) to (4) The State Director of the Department of Employment, Education and Training has been tasked by the Minister for Defence and the Minister for Employment, Education and Training to examine and report on the establishment of a youth training and hospitality centre at HMAS Huon. The advertisements by the Tasmanian Hospitality Group Apprenticeship Scheme are part of that activity. It is intended that the property be transferred to the Australian Estate Manager as the custodian of a non-Defence Commonwealth property and that the Department of Employment, Education and Training be responsible for oversighting the training aspects of the facility. Under present Government guidelines, the Minister for Defence is responsible for the disposal of surplus Defence property.

  (5) Options for accommodating Navy functions at Anglesea Barracks are still being examined and definitive cost estimates for building alterations have not yet been developed.

  (6) and (7) The Navy's preferred option for the transfer of functions from HMAS Huon to Anglesea Barracks involves no displacement of Army functions. Any relocation of Army personnel from Anglesea Barracks will not perforce result from the transfer of Navy functions.