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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3142

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked Mr Speaker:

(   1 ) What was the cost of installing the air conditioning system in Parliament House.

(2)   Since its installation, how much has been spent on (a) maintenance; (b) repairs.

(3)   What technical problems or design faults have contributed to additional costs of installation, maintenance or repair.

(4)   What has been the running cost of the system to date.

Mr Speaker - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The honourable member seeks information about airconditioning costs in Parliament House which covers a period of fifty-three years. It is not possible to obtain all this information, however, it is understood that the honourable member is concerned with more recent air-conditioning installations and that information relating to plant installed from 1 January 1978 to date will meet his requirements. The following details covering this period are provided.

(i)   The cost of air-conditioning systems installed since 1 January 1978 are-

(a)   Air conditioning of 1947 Senate wing-$124,610.

(b)   Stage 1 of air-conditioning and fire protection installations covering the 1947 House of Representatives wing and main floor offices, House of Representatives side-$226,197.

(c)   Stage 2 of air-conditioning and fire protection installations covering Senate main floor offices- $ 1 89,930.

(ii)   (a) and (b) The installation referred to under (i) (a) above has operated with only minor expenditure on maintenance items. The systems referred to in (i) (b and c) above are still in the warranty period and, in accordance with standard contract conditions, maintenance costs are the responsibility of the installing contractor.

(iii)   It is understood that there have been no major technical problems or design faults associated with the abovementioned installations, and therefore no additional costs of installation, maintenance or repair have been incurred.

(iv)   Servicing of all air conditioning systems in Parliament House is carried out by Joint House technical staff and the provision of heating and cooling water for these installations is made from a central plant room. These services are common to many refrigeration and heating services in the building including the Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms. In the absence of separate costing of these common services, it is not possible to provide running costs for any individual airconditioning plant. To obtain this information would require the installation of separate metering systems for the plant concerned and the introduction of job costing records for the technical staff employed.

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