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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1316 asked in the Legislative Council on 5 December 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 5 December 2018


1316. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

(1) Will the Premier confirm the accuracy or otherwise of a report in The West Australian of Friday, 13 November, which stated —

� Premier Mark McGowan threatened to intervene in the long-running stoush between —

Clive Palmer —

� and his estranged Chinese business partner in a bid to protect workers at one of WA's biggest iron ore mines.

(2) Will the Premier confirm that maximum caution will be exercised in any consideration of amending the Iron Ore Processing (Mineralogy Pty. Ltd.) Agreement Act 2002?

(3) Has the Premier's office received any request or requests from Mineralogy Pty Ltd to meet or to discuss prospective changes to the state agreement; and, if so, will the Premier table such requests and the replies?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) I refer the member to comments made by the Premier in the other place on Thursday, 29 November 2018, and I table a copy of the Hansard accordingly.

[See paper 2304.]

(3) Yes, the Premier has received requests to meet with Mineralogy Pty Ltd. To date, a suitable meeting time has not been found. A meeting was agreed on, in March 2018, between Mineralogy Pty Ltd and the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. However, this meeting was cancelled at Mr Palmer's request.