Senate debates

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Questions without Notice

Defence Procurement

2:31 pm

Photo of Marise PayneMarise Payne (NSW, Liberal Party, Minister for Foreign Affairs) Share this | Hansard source

I haven't seen the specific remarks of Mr Clark, so I will take those at face value from Senator Gallacher, of course. I want to be clear about the amendments to the strategic partnering agreement, though, because they are detailed provisions that apply to Naval Group's achievement of the commitment, including both remedies and incentives. As with all provisions in the strategic partnering agreement and, indeed, other major defence contracts, as Senator Gallacher is well aware from his extended period of time on committees that deal with these matters in the parliament, the specifics of these amendments will remain commercially sensitive. Similar to our other projects, AIC performance will remain subject to parliamentary scrutiny through the Senate estimates process and the program will remain the subject, as it has been, of ongoing, regular reviews by the ANAO.


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