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Question On Notice No. 737 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 March 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

Question Directed to the: Minister for Regional Development
Minister responding: Hon A. MacTiernan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

(1) Can the Minister confirm that the Kalgoorlie Miner of Saturday, 3 February 2018 and also the Kalgoorlie Miner of Wednesday, 7 February 2018, each attributed to the Minister a statement in respect of the Minister's desire that mining companies contribute to the cost of the Laverton Hospital upgrade?
(2) Can the Minister confirm that the Kalgoorlie Miner of Saturday, 3 February 2018 and also the Kalgoorlie Miner of Wednesday, 7 February 2018, each quoted the Minister as saying: "I will now be going to all of the mining companies within that area who are extracting billions, literally billions, of dollars of ore from the Laverton area each year and we are asking them if they are going to be able to contribute"?
(3) Was the Minister correctly quoted, and did the Minister make the statement: "I will now be going to all of the mining companies within that area who are extracting billions, literally billions, of dollars of ore from the Laverton area each year and we are asking them if they are going to be able to contribute"?
(4) If yes to (3), which mining companies has the Minister approached asking them if they are going to be able to contribute to the cost of the Laverton Hospital upgrade, and what has been the cash commitment made by each of the companies approached by the Minister?

Answered on 11 April 2018

(1)      Yes the articles included statements to that effect.

(2)       Yes, the articles included those quotes.

(3)      Yes

(4)      Based on advice from both the Chamber of Minerals and Energy and the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies I met with the Senior Vice President of Anglo Gold Ashanti who agreed to coordinate engagement with the key mining companies operating in the Laverton area. The matter was also discussed at the Mining Liaison Meeting held in Laverton on 20 February 2018 where mining company representatives toured the hospital. Discussions regarding a financial contribution are ongoing.