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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 148 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 June 2017 by Hon Simon O’Brien

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 13 June 2017

      148. Hon SIMON O'BRIEN to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:
      (1) What benefits does the state derive from smaller scale mining operations, including the so-called iron ore ''juniors''?
          (2) What are the main factors affecting or likely to affect the viability of this part of the mining sector?
      (3) Does the government support this part of the mining sector; and, if so, what will the government do to assist its viability?
The Minister for Mines and Petroleum has provided me with the following answer —
      (1) Western Australia's smaller scale miners play a vital role in providing jobs and opportunities for Western Australian workers, their families, and communities. Smaller scale miners often extract resources that larger companies will not mine.
      (2) The viability of the sector is influenced by global commodity prices and its ability to keep production costs low, while maintaining sustainable cash flows.
      (3) The government recognises the contribution that all sections of the mining industry provide. An important priority for this government is to encourage continual investment in the resources industry.