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Question Without Notice No. 642 asked in the Legislative Council on 18 June 2020 by Hon Robin Scott

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

Answered on 18 June 2020

CORONAVIRUS — RESOURCES SECTOR

642. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:

I refer to the government's current legislative attempt to reduce red and green tape in the planning and development sector, attempting to help with the recovery of the economy from COVID-19.

(1) Is the government planning to cut red and green tape in the mining sector to help with the economic recovery from COVID-19; and, if yes, what are those plans; and, if not, why not?

(2) Is it the government's position that removing red and green tape in the mining sector would have more economic benefit to the state than reducing red and green tape for the planning and development sector?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum.

(1)–(2) The government has streamlined administrative processes to support the mining sector during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Assessment times for exploration activities will be halved, commencing 1 July 2020. The government is currently considering further reforms to mining environmental approvals to assist in the recovery of the Western Australian economy.