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Thursday, 26 November 2009
Page: 12999

Dr KELLY (Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support and Parliamentary Secretary for Water) (10:18 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: Villawood immigration detention facility, Sydney, New South Wales.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship, DIAC, proposes to undertake a major redevelopment of the Villawood immigration detention facility in Sydney at an estimated out-turn cost of $205.37 million inclusive of GST. The Department of Finance and Deregulation, Finance, is to manage the project delivery on behalf of DIAC. In its report, the Public Works Committee recommended that these works proceed subject to the recommendations of the committee. DIAC and Finance acknowledge the recommendations and agree to proceed with the works. DIAC and Finance will liaise with the Public Works Committee regarding the committee’s recommendations. Subject to parliamentary approval and following a detailed design process, construction works are planned to commence in late 2010, with construction to be completed by mid-2014. On behalf of the government I would like to thank the committee for its support and I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.