House of Representatives Committees


Membership of the Committee
List of Acronyms
Extract from the Votes and Proceedings of the House of Representatives
List of Recommendations
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Proposed Works
Chapter 3 Issues and Conclusions
Appendix A – List of Submissions and Exhibits
Appendix B – List of Witnesses
Appendix C – Submission No. 1 from the Department of Defence
Appendix D – Official Transcript of Evidence

Membership of the Committee


Hon Judi Moylan MP


Deputy Chair

Mr Brendan O’Connor MP



Mr John Forrest MP

Senator Michael Forshaw (to 1/3/07)


Mr Harry Jenkins MP

Senator Stephen Parry


Mr Bernie Ripoll MP

Senator the Hon Judith Troeth


Mr Barry Wakelin MP

Senator Annette Hurley (from 1/3/07)

Committee Secretariat


Mrs Margaret Swieringa

Inquiry Secretary

Mr John Fuhrman

Senior Research Officer

Mr Raymond Knight

Research Officer

Ms Penny Wijnberg

Administrative Officer

Mr Peter Ratas

List of Acronyms


Australian Defence Forces


Australian Defence Industries


Public Private Partnership

Extract from the Votes and Proceedings of the House of Representatives

No 138 Dated Thursday, 2 November 2006


Mr Billson (Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence), pursuant to notice, moved—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: Redevelopment of the propellant manufacturing facility at Mulwala, NSW.

Question—put and passed.

List of abbreviations

Cth Commonwealth
EBRD European Bank of Reconstruction and Development
NIA National Interest Analysis

List of recommendations

3 Issues and Conclusions

Recommendation 1

The Committee recommends that at the time of renegotiating the lease of Mulwala in 2008 between Thales Australia and the Commonwealth, Defence consider bringing rental payments into line with current market rental payments for purpose built buildings.

Recommendation 2

The Committee recommends that Defence consider renegotiating the capability payment paid by the Commonwealth to Thales Australia in recognition that production at the Mulwala facility exceeds the demands of the ADF, and has the capacity to service commercial markets.

Recommendation 3

The Committee recommends that at the earliest opportunity Defence adjust the profit sharing ratio so as to deliver an outcome that is more equitable to the Commonwealth, recognising the improvements in operational efficiencies that the redevelopment provides to the lessee.

Recommendation 4

The Committee recommends that Defence examine how in future hearings associated with major capital works proposals, the quality of evidence can be enhanced in order to make it more comprehensive, and more transparent.

Recommendation 5

The Committee recommends that Defence submit a strategy report to the Committee on how the department proposes to address the issues referred to in Recommendations 1, 2, and 3.

Recommendation 6

The Committee recommends that the redevelopment of the propellant manufacturing facility at Mulwala proceed at an estimated cost of $338.7 million, excluding GST.

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