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Question Without Notice No. 915 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 October 2018 by Hon Robin Chapple

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 10 October 2018

MINING LEASES — AUDIT

915. Hon ROBIN CHAPPLE to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:

I refer to questions without notice 962 and 192, asked in the Legislative Council on 6 December 2017 and 28 March 2018 regarding the High Court decision in Forrest & Forrest Pty Ltd v Wilson [2017] HCA 30.

(1) Will the minister confirm that Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety staff have undertaken a review of pending applications and the leases granted since 2006 to identify those affected by the High Court decision in Forrest & Forrest Pty Ltd v Wilson [2017] HCA 30?

(2) Will the minister confirm that DMIRS staff have identified 55 current mining lease applications when a mineralisation report was not lodged contemporaneously or when the report was not signed off by a qualified person?

(3) Will the minister provide a list of the 55 current mining lease applications identified by DMIRS staff when a mineralisation report was not lodged contemporaneously or when the report was not signed off by a qualified person?

(4) Will the minister confirm whether any of the 55 mining lease applications have been granted?

Hon DARREN WEST replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. On behalf of the Minister for Regional Development representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum, I give the following answer.

(1) The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety reviewed pending mining lease applications following the High Court decision. Granted mining leases have not been audited. The government is drafting legislation to remove any doubt regarding the validity of granted mining tenements.

(2) No, there are no current mining lease applications for which the mineralisation report was not lodged contemporaneously, or for which the report was not signed off by a qualified person.

(3)–(4) Not applicable.