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Martin Dixon MP, 10 March 2006
Bracks Running Out Of Time Again!
By Martin Dixon MP, Federal Member for Nepean
Friday, 10 March 2006 — Peninsula Members of Parliament Martin Dixon and Greg Hunt have again called on the Bracks Government to get their act together on the bid for the de-commissioned ship HMAS Canberra.
Pressure from the MPs and the Victorian Dive Industry forced the Government to take an interest in obtaining the ship as a potential dive site.
Flinders MP Greg Hunt said that the Federal Government have extended the closing date for a submission from Victoria to March 24th as the State Government have failed to produce a submission by the original closing date. The Dive Industry has done their work but multiple State Government departments, co-ordinated by the Premier's Department have so far failed to deliver.
Martin Dixon, Member for Nepean added "I hope the bureaucrats working on the submission are not distracted by Commonwealth Games events so that they can devote their attention to Victoria's submission."
Martin Dixon said that he worried that with Bracks Government's record on major projects, this one may be sunk before it even reaches Victoria.