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Question Without Notice No. 843 asked in the Legislative Council on 9 November 2017 by Hon Robin Scott

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 9 November 2017

GOLD ROYALTY RATE INCREASE — REGULATIONS
      843. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Treasurer:
In light of the answer provided by the Treasurer in response to question without notice 817 on Wednesday, 8 November 2017, and having twice responded to my question by stating, ''The government is continuing to consult with industry on an approach to a gold royalty rate change'', I ask —
      (1) Will the Treasurer confirm that the government has engaged in consultation with gold industry representatives subsequent to the passage of the disallowance motion on Thursday, 12 October 2017?
      (2) Will the Treasurer advise the number of companies involved in the consultation and will he name those companies?
      (3) Will the Treasurer advise the number of company directors involved in the consultation and will he name those company directors?
      (4) Will the Treasurer advise the number of industry organisations involved in the consultation and will he name those industry organisations?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
(1) Yes.
      (2)–(4) Consultation is being undertaken in good faith and there is no benefit to either government or the concerned businesses and their representatives of providing a running commentary on discussions had in the formulation of the revised policy.
      Hon Martin Aldridge: What are you hiding?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON: Does the member want the answer? I can confirm that the Treasurer and the Minister for Mines and Petroleum or their officers have met and continue to have open dialogue with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy on how best the government can ensure that marginal operations are cushioned from an increase in the gold royalty rate.