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Question Without Notice No. 581 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 September 2017 by Hon Robin Scott

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 12 September 2017

GOLD ROYALTIES — 2017–18 STATE BUDGET
      581. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Treasurer:
      (1) Is the Treasurer aware of a report published on the ABC Goldfields website at 1.05 pm on Monday, 11 September entitled ''WA Budget 2017: Gold miners re-thinking jobs, investment over State Government royalty hike''?
      (2) Is the Treasurer aware of a statement attributed in the report to Westgold Resources' managing director Peter Cook to the effect that the government is treating gold, which carries substantial post-mining and processing costs, the same as it treats iron ore, which costs much less to mine?
      (3) In light of the threshold of A$1 200 an ounce below which the intended gold tax increase would not operate, does the Treasurer agree with the statement by Mr Cook that at $A1 200 an ounce, there is virtually no gold industry left in Australia at the current cost base?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
That question, too, does not appear in my file. I did not sign off on it. I have checked on Hon Colin Tincknell's question from earlier and it was not received. The Leader of the House and I will have to go away and find out what happened because I think a couple of members' questions—including Hon Peter Collier's, which he thought was lodged—have not appeared. We will find out what happened and get back to the house.
Hon Robin Scott: I think the mistake may be that Janice Shaw is on holiday.
The PRESIDENT: Thank you very much; it is all right. The minister has already said that they will find out what has happened to these questions and he will provide you with an appropriate response.