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Notice given 5 July 2011

759  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—For the period 1 January to 30 June 2011:

(1) Which naval vessels were fully operational with a full crew complement.

(2) Which naval vessels were not fully operationally ready for immediate tasking.

(2) For each naval vessel that was non-operationally ready, what was the reason for its non-operational status.

(3) What were the operational strengths on all naval vessels of the: (a) engineering officers and sailors; and (b) non-engineering officers and sailors.

779  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 30 June 2011:

(1) With reference to the acquisition of the first 14 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft: (a) what is the expected expenditure on the acquisition; (b) what is supplied as equipment, supporting systems, weapons, services or infrastructure to the Australian Defence Force (ADF); (c) when will these aircraft be delivered; (d) when will they become fully operational; and (e) what is the estimated through-life support and operating costs for these aircraft over an expected 30 year period of operation.

(2) When will the remaining 86 F-35 JSF be purchased (as referenced in the Defence White Paper 2009 , p. 78, paragraph 9.60, ‘The Government has decided that it will acquire around 100 F-35 JSF, along with supporting systems and weapons. The first stage of this acquisition will acquire three operational squadrons comprising not fewer than 72 aircraft’).

(3) With reference to the acquisition of the remaining 86 F-35 JSF aircraft: (a) what is the expected expenditure on the acquisition; (b) what will be supplied as equipment, supporting systems, weapons, services or infrastructure to the ADF; (c) when will the aircraft be delivered; (d) when will they become fully operational; (e) where will the JSF squadrons be based, and when; and (e) what is the estimated through-life support and operating costs over an expected 30 year period of operation.

(4) What savings would be made by cancelling the purchase of 24 F-35 JSF aircraft and purchasing 24 Super Hornets.

780  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 30 June 2011:

(1) Is it still planned to acquire 12 submarines as per the White Paper direction ‘the Government takes the view that our future strategic circumstances necessitate a substantially expanded submarine fleet of 12 boats in order to sustain a force at sea’ ( Defence White Paper 2009 , p. 64, paragraph 8.40).

(2) What plans and strategies are in place to man the 12 future submarines given the great difficulty in 2010-2011, of manning and operating our current submarines.

 

 (3) What is the expected cost of acquiring 12 future submarines, over the next: (a) 12 months; (b) 5 years; (c) 10 years; and (d) 15 years.

(4) What funding has been provided to assist in the planning for the 12 future submarines.

(5) When is it expected that the first pass approval will be provided to advance the purchase of the 12 future submarines.

(6) What is the expected through-life support and operating costs of a fleet of 12 future submarines over a 30 year operating period.

(7) When is it envisaged that the first of the 12 future submarines will be launched and fully operational.

(8) What is the expected cost per year of maintaining and operating our 6 Collins Class submarines until they are de-commissioned, broken down by year until 2025.

(9) What is the specific phasing-out program for the existing Collins Class submarines.

789  Senator Johnston: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—As at 30 June 2011:

(1) From which areas of expenditure will the enhanced force protection measures be made.

(2) What specific programs will be cut or deferred to meet this cost.

(3) Why did the Government cease disclosing deferrals in expenditure in the 2008-09 Budget which has continued through to the 2010-11 Budget.

(4) (a) What are the specific deferrals in expenditure since 2008-09; and (b) why have these deferrals been made.

(5) What percentage increase, if any, will be made to enable future capital equipment initiatives over the forward estimates period.

(6) As it is not clear in the 2011-12 Budget, what specific projects are planned for approval in 2011-12.

(7) (a) What programs in 2011-12 will now have to be resourced through absorbed costs; and (b) what programs have been cancelled or deferred to enable these costs to be absorbed.

(8) Of the $20.6 billion worth of savings under the Strategic Reform Program (SRP) it would appear that $4.6 billion of this involves the re-allocation of funds and is not a savings item at all - how can this claim of savings be made when it is in fact a reallocation of funds.

(9) Under the SRP: (a) why has the number of civilian employees to be cut been reduced from the forecast 3 125; and (b) what is the new figure.