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Question Without Notice No. 903 asked in the Legislative Council on 30 November 2017 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 30 November 2017

HAWTHORN RESOURCES — PINJIN PASTORAL STATION
      903. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:
I refer to Pinjin Pastoral Station, where the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety issued verbal directions on 14 November 2017 to Hawthorn Resources.
      (1) Will DMIRS immediately issue a stop-work order on Hawthorn Resources Limited under mining regulation 120L for breaching mining tenement conditions, including condition 28 on mining lease 31/79, condition 24 on mining lease 31/78 and condition 28 on miscellaneous licence 31/65?
      (2) To protect the pastoralist rights of conducting normal and necessary activities, will DMIRS immediately issue a stop-work order on Hawthorn Resources for breaching regulation 98 of the Mining Regulations 1981 in blocking roads and access tracks?
      (3) Can the minister assure honourable members that Hawthorn Resources will never be permitted to justify or excuse mistreatment of the pastoralists at Pinjin station on the grounds that the individuals involved are Indigenous Australians?
Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:
I thank the member for notice of the question.
(1) I refer to the answer that I gave the member yesterday in question without notice 866.
      (2) No, verbal direction was given on 14 November and further information has been requested from the company.
      (3) All businesses and individuals within Western Australia are subject to the laws and community expectations regarding discrimination based on race.