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Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy



Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy

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Tabled paper 295


Tabled papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by David Tollner


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200 Defence 2013-14 Budget 2013Defence White Paper development process and shape the outlook for defence in the Territory over the coming years. The ADFPR is intended to help inform development of the 2014Defence White Paper. While the ADFPR outlines a range of options for consideration, no decision will be made on the options presented in the ADFPR until they have been considered as part of the 2014 White Paper development process. The Commonwealth has finished the public submissions stage of the 2013Defence White Paper, which is focusing on the changing strategic outlook for Australia, particularly in the Asia-Pacific and IndianOcean regions. The Territory Government has made a formal submission for consideration by the 2013 Defence White Paper Team, the main points of which were: the strategic value of the Northern Territory in securing Australias northern borders and because of its close proximity to major oil and gas development as identified in the ADFPR; the potential for the local defence support industry to expand to service increased ADF needs, provided that ADF is able to offer appropriately sized contracts suitable for local firms; and that ADF should work with the Territory Government to develop long-term plans for infrastructure, facilities and land requirements, especially as the ADFPR and ADF has flagged significant expansions of some existing sites. The 2009 Defence White Paper outlined a targeted program of reforms known as the Strategic Reform Program (SRP) that is designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Defence. The Defence Logistics Transformation Program (DLTP) was one of the SRP initiatives and is intended to modernise the ADFs logistical support capabilities. The most significant DLTP initiative was the consolidation of the ADFslogistical support network from 24 existing sites to seven new or upgraded sites. Darwin was identified as a site where new facilities would need to be constructed. These new facilities would replace four existing sites across Darwin (three in Winnellie and one at RAAF Base Darwin) with a new purpose-built storage and distribution facility located within RobertsonBarracks. The Joint Logistics Unit (North) (JLU North), which operates the four existing sites in Darwin, is responsible for logistic support to ADF elements operating in the Territory, the Kimberley region of Western Australia and deployed forces on operations. The consolidation will see the JLU North relocated from its existing sites to Robertson Barracks. Defence anticipates that it will allow delivery of more effective and efficient support to the ADF. 2013 Defence White Paper Defence Logistics Transformation Program

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