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Question On Notice No. 2158 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 May 2019 by Hon Peter Collier

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment
Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Tabled Paper No: 2826- View tabled paper
Question

I refer to question without notice 395, answered on 7 May 2019, and I ask:
(a) did the Minister receive any advice, either informal or formal, prior to referring the matter to the Environmental Protection Authority;
(b) if yes to (a), who provided the advice and on what dates; and
(c) will the Minister table any written advice received and, if not, why not?

Answered on 26 June 2019

a) Yes.

(b) – (c) Around the time of Government’s negotiation with Mineral Resources Limited (MRL), I became aware of MRL’s concerns that clauses 8, 9 and 10 of Ministerial Statement 1054 are not implementable. There have been conversations across government on this issue since that time.

MRL wrote to me on 8 February 2019 requesting that conditions 8, 9 and 10 be changed. I received written advice regarding MRL’s request from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation on 18 February [See tabled paper no. #]. I subsequently wrote to the Environmental Protection Authority on 28 February 2019 requesting that they inquire into and report on whether or not these conditions should be changed.