Senate debates

Thursday, 7 September 2006

Questions without Notice: Additional Answers

Defence Headquarters Joint Operation Command: Bungendore

3:32 pm

Photo of Nick MinchinNick Minchin (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Finance and Administration) Share this | | Hansard source

Yesterday, Senator Bishop asked me a question in relation to the Defence joint operation command centre and I undertook to get further information from Defence in relation to the whole-of-life costs of that project. I seek leave to incorporate additional information in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The answer read as follows—

I am advised that at the conclusion of Defence’s attendance at the Budget Estimates hearing on 1 June 2006, Senator Bishop requested Defence take on notice to provide the Committee with the total cost over the 30 year period of the amount to be paid by the Commonwealth, the annual service payments for the construction and operation of the joint headquarters facility, and the public sector comparator costs used in the value for money assessment, after those details became available. I am advised that the information sought by Senator Bishop is being compiled by Defence and will be provided to the Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee, Senator Johnston, in the near future.