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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 414 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 August 2017 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on

      414. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:
      (1) Is the minister aware of persistent rumours to the effect that the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety office in Norseman will shortly be closed?
      (2) Will the minister reassure this chamber that the Norseman office will still be open in three years?
      (3) Will the minister reassure this chamber that the hardworking prospectors and small miners of this state will continue to have the option of lodging applications and all other documents at the offices of Mining Wardens and not be forced to conduct all transactions online?
      (4) Will the minister further give the assurance that the residents of remote areas will continue to have the right to register births, deaths and marriages at mines department offices?
The PRESIDENT: Can I just ask, member, did you not ask that question yesterday?
Hon ROBIN SCOTT: Yes, but there was no reply.
      (1)–(4) We have had to make a revision to the reply and I am still waiting for it; it is not in my file. However, I can advise the member on what I have been told by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum. Yes, he is aware of the rumours. He tells us that a review is going on across the department to look at ways in which we might best provide services efficiently throughout the state. I did comment that we also have a priority services review looking at how we best coordinate those activities and all services across the state. Finally, the minister says that the registration of births, deaths and marriages falls within the portfolio of the Attorney General and that we are committed to ensure that there is ready capacity for people to continue to access those services. When I have the written reply, I will provide it to the member.