House debates

Thursday, 10 May 2018


Public Works Committee; Reference

10:17 am

Photo of David ColemanDavid Coleman (Banks, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for Finance) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Capability Facilities Project.

The Department of Defence is proposing to refurbish and construct new mask-testing facilities as well as logistical storage facilities that will support chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence training and capability at 14 locations across Australia. The 2016 defence white paper identifies the importance of providing Defence with enhanced domestic security capabilities, including its chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence capability, to help respond to the threat of complex terrorist attacks within Australia.

The project is expected to generate short-term employment opportunities predominantly in the building, construction and labour markets in each of the relevant locations. The project is also expected to provide opportunities for suppliers in the manufacture and distribution of construction materials and equipment. The estimated cost to deliver the project is $16.7 million, excluding GST. This includes construction costs, management and design fees, contingencies and escalation allowance. Subject to parliamentary approval of the project, construction is expected to be completed by late 2019.

I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.