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15 June 2017
Hon Robin Scott
Hon W.J. Johnston
DEPARTMENT OF MINES AND PETROLEUM — EXEMPTION APPLICATIONS
Hon ROBIN SCOTT
to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:
With reference to all applications for exemptions lodged under the Mining Act 1978 with the Department of Mines and Petroleum within the last 12 months —
(1) Will the minister advise how many applications under the Mining Act 1978 for exemption from expenditure conditions have been received and how many have been approved?
(2) Will the minister advise the total financial amount of exemptions applied for and granted?
(3) For the specific tenements that have had exemptions refused, what was the outcome including the amount of a fine, if any, or possible forfeiture?
Hon SAMANTHA ROWE
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
I answer on behalf of the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum. The following information has been provided by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum.
(1) Yes. The number of applications for exemption received was 1 983. The number of exemptions granted was 1 779.
(2)–(3) Given the number of applications involved, collating this information would take considerable time and create a significant workload for the Department of Mines and Petroleum, requiring a manual review of all mining tenements for which exemption was applied for over the period. I therefore ask that the member put these questions on notice.
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