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Wednesday, 19 March 1980
Page: 862


Senator Button asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 1 8 March 1980:

(   1 ) Has a confidential Department of Defence estimate put the cost of the new Casey University at $79.9m, as described in an article by Mr Paul Malone in the Financial Review of20 December 1979.

(2)   Did the Minister for Defence state on 7 December 1979 when announcing the project, that the cost would be $65m.

(3   ) Was the Minister aware of the Defence Department 's estimate at that time; if so, on what grounds did he use the lower figure of $65m when announcing the project.


Senator Durack - The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   and (2) No.

(3)  







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