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gf0012-aust    11/4/2009 2:57:04 PM
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Volkodav    Faulkner cans idea of military super bases    11/18/2009 3:09:40 AM

THE Rudd government has rejected a key recommendation from a major Defence audit report that argues that Defence could eventually save up to a billion dollars by closing military bases across the country.

The Defence budget audit conducted by management consultant George Pappas, completed earlier this year, called for the progressive consolidation of bases into a smaller number of "super bases".

The Pappas report argued that Defence should move to the smallest number of super bases consistent with Australia's strategic requirements, which would result in the closure of dozens of bases located in politically sensitive electorates, such as the Richmond RAAF base near Sydney.

But Defence Minister John Faulkner declined to endorse the super-base model.

"The government does not accept these recommendations. While acknowledging that any move to a super-base model would have strategic, economic and social impacts, the Defence budget audit was focused on financial benefits and therefore did not fully examine these broader issues," Senator Faulkner said yesterday. "It would be irresponsible for the government to agree to base rationalisation without a more comprehensive examination both of national strategic requirements and community considerations."
 
Instead, Senator Faulkner has tasked his department to undertake a comprehensive review of Defence's basing requirements including further financial analysis of long-term costs and efficiency gains from base rationalisation to be completed within 18 months.

"An independent commission will then be appointed to consider Defence's recommendations. This commission will conduct substantial public consultation before reporting back to the government," Senator Faulkner said.

The Pappas review, completed in April, but released by the government only yesterday, concluded that the Rudd government's pledge to grow defence spending by 3 per cent a year in real terms won't be enough to meet Australia's long-term needs.

The report called for "deep reform" of the Defence establishment and formed the basis for the Defence Department's 10-year, $20 billion savings program.

The Pappas audit identified potential cost savings of $15bn on top of the $5bn in budget cuts already identified by Defence last year .

"Deep reform" was required to provide greater transparency in the $27bn Defence budget.
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This is the bloke who caned ASC with a similar "finacial aspects only" audit but unfortunately in that case no one chose to reject his recomendations in light of the big picture.
 
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Aussiegunneragain       11/18/2009 8:14:14 AM





THE Rudd government has rejected a key recommendation from a major Defence audit report that argues that Defence could eventually save up to a billion dollars by closing military bases across the country.



The Defence budget audit conducted by management consultant George Pappas, completed earlier this year, called for the progressive consolidation of bases into a smaller number of "super bases".


The Pappas report argued that Defence should move to the smallest number of super bases consistent with Australia's strategic requirements, which would result in the closure of dozens of bases located in politically sensitive electorates, such as the Richmond RAAF base near Sydney.


But Defence Minister John Faulkner declined to endorse the super-base model.


"The government does not accept these recommendations. While acknowledging that any move to a super-base model would have strategic, economic and social impacts, the Defence budget audit was focused on financial benefits and therefore did not fully examine these broader issues," Senator Faulkner said yesterday. "It would be irresponsible for the government to agree to base rationalisation without a more comprehensive examination both of national strategic requirements and community considerations."

 

Instead, Senator Faulkner has tasked his department to undertake a comprehensive review of Defence's basing requirements including further financial analysis of long-term costs and efficiency gains from base rationalisation to be completed within 18 months.

"An independent commission will then be appointed to consider Defence's recommendations. This commission will conduct substantial public consultation before reporting back to the government," Senator Faulkner said.


The Pappas review, completed in April, but released by the government only yesterday, concluded that the Rudd government's pledge to grow defence spending by 3 per cent a year in real terms won't be enough to meet Australia's long-term needs.


The report called for "deep reform" of the Defence establishment and formed the basis for the Defence Department's 10-year, $20 billion savings program.


The Pappas audit identified potential cost savings of $15bn on top of the $5bn in budget cuts already identified by Defence last year .


"Deep reform" was required to provide greater transparency in the $27bn Defence budget.

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This is the bloke who caned ASC with a similar "finacial aspects only" audit but unfortunately in that case no one chose to reject his recomendations in light of the big picture.


Was he commissioned by the Government? If that was the case he would have been working to a TOR which would have specified "financial only" impacts, or the report wouldn't have been accepted and he wouldn't have been paid in full.
 
I for one think that at first glance the super base model has merit. Why the f do we need an air defence regiment and a maritime patrol base just outside of Adelaide, a school of artillery and transport in rural Victoria and a recruit training centre in southern NSW, a separate school of infantry in the Hunter V
 
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Aussiegunneragain       11/18/2009 8:14:20 AM





THE Rudd government has rejected a key recommendation from a major Defence audit report that argues that Defence could eventually save up to a billion dollars by closing military bases across the country.



The Defence budget audit conducted by management consultant George Pappas, completed earlier this year, called for the progressive consolidation of bases into a smaller number of "super bases".


The Pappas report argued that Defence should move to the smallest number of super bases consistent with Australia's strategic requirements, which would result in the closure of dozens of bases located in politically sensitive electorates, such as the Richmond RAAF base near Sydney.


But Defence Minister John Faulkner declined to endorse the super-base model.


"The government does not accept these recommendations. While acknowledging that any move to a super-base model would have strategic, economic and social impacts, the Defence budget audit was focused on financial benefits and therefore did not fully examine these broader issues," Senator Faulkner said yesterday. "It would be irresponsible for the government to agree to base rationalisation without a more comprehensive examination both of national strategic requirements and community considerations."

 

Instead, Senator Faulkner has tasked his department to undertake a comprehensive review of Defence's basing requirements including further financial analysis of long-term costs and efficiency gains from base rationalisation to be completed within 18 months.

"An independent commission will then be appointed to consider Defence's recommendations. This commission will conduct substantial public consultation before reporting back to the government," Senator Faulkner said.


The Pappas review, completed in April, but released by the government only yesterday, concluded that the Rudd government's pledge to grow defence spending by 3 per cent a year in real terms won't be enough to meet Australia's long-term needs.


The report called for "deep reform" of the Defence establishment and formed the basis for the Defence Department's 10-year, $20 billion savings program.


The Pappas audit identified potential cost savings of $15bn on top of the $5bn in budget cuts already identified by Defence last year .


"Deep reform" was required to provide greater transparency in the $27bn Defence budget.

________________________________________________________________________________

 

This is the bloke who caned ASC with a similar "finacial aspects only" audit but unfortunately in that case no one chose to reject his recomendations in light of the big picture.


Was he commissioned by the Government? If that was the case he would have been working to a TOR which would have specified "financial only" impacts, or the report wouldn't have been accepted and he wouldn't have been paid in full.
 
I for one think that at first glance the super base model has merit. Why the f do we need an air defence regiment and a maritime patrol base just outside of Adelaide, a school of artillery and transport in rural Victoria and a recruit training centre in southern NSW, a separate school of infantry in the Hunter V
 
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