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Thursday, 26 November 2009
Page: 12999

Dr KELLY (Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support and Parliamentary Secretary for Water) (10:16 AM) —I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the committee has duly reported to Parliament: AIMS tropical marine research facilities—Cape Ferguson and Townsville works.

The Australian Institute of Marine Science, AIMS, proposes to undertake works associated with the AIMS Tropical Marine Research Facilities Project at Cape Ferguson and Townsville at an estimated out-turn cost of $49.5 million exclusive of GST. In its report, the Public Works Committee has recommended that these works proceed. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction will commence in March 2010 and be completed by late 2012. On behalf of the government I would like to thank the committee for its support and I commend the motion to the House.