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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 863 asked in the Legislative Council on 20 September 2018 by Hon Peter Collier

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on


863. Hon PETER COLLIER to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

I refer to the ministerial direction to the Southern Ports Authority tabled in Parliament on 23 August 2018.

(1) What were the termination payment obligations for Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore Pty Ltd?

(2) On what basis was Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore Pty Ltd released from its contracted termination payment obligations?

(3) Will the minister table the contract between Cliffs and the Southern Ports Authority, the operating agreement, and the lease agreements for shed 2 and shed 4 and the office building; and, if not, why not?


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

(1) The value of the termination payment obligations is $50.2 million.

(2) Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore Pty Ltd was released from its obligations as part of the government's support package to enable continued iron ore exports from Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore Pty Ltd's tenements by Mineral Resources Ltd and to help to retain jobs within the region, particularly at the port of Esperance.

(3) The Cliffs lease agreements and operating agreement were entered into on 30 May 2014 and varied by the variation of operating agreement on 3 November 2016. The minister will seek advice as to the commercially confidential nature of these agreements.