INQUIRY INTO THE DISPOSAL OF DEFENCE PROPERTIES
Senator John Hogg, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence
and Trade References Committee, drew attention to the decision of the
Senate today to refer the above inquiry to the Committee. The terms of
reference are set out on the reverse of this media release.
The first part of the inquiry will focus on the disposal of the
Fremantle Artillery Barracks, which houses the Army Museum of Western
Australia, said Senator Hogg. The second part will focus more
broadly on the disposal of Defence properties throughout Australia. In
particular, the Committee will examine the criteria and processes used
by Defence to dispose of surplus properties and sale and lease-back arrangements.
Senator Hogg said that there is growing concern about the disposal
of Defence properties and the use to which those properties are put after
they are sold. The inquiry will give the public an opportunity to comment
on the disposal process and provide more transparency to that process.
It is expected that the Committee will report separately on each of the
two parts of the inquiry.
Senator Hogg said that the Committee will be advertising the inquiry
in the press to call for written submissions to be lodged with the Committees
secretariat at Parliament House, Canberra.
For further information:
Senator John Hogg (Chairman) ph. 02-6277 3545 fax 02-6277 3578
Mr Paul Barsdell (Secretary) ph. 02-6277 3535 fax 02-62775818
5 September 2000