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Question Without Notice No. 6 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 February 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

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

Answered on 12 February 2019

BHP — IRON ORE ROYALTY PAYMENTS

6. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:

I refer to the article by Gareth Parker in The Sunday Times of 27 January 2019 about the audit of BHP, and I quote —

There was a specific, though so-far undisclosed, reason those public servants went over the books again.

(1) What was the reason for the audit that found the alleged discrepancy?

(2) On what date was the discrepancy first raised with the minister?

(3) On what date was the discrepancy first raised with BHP, and how was it communicated to the company?

(4) What was the length of time between the audit finishing and the discrepancy being raised with the minister and BHP?

(5) On what date did BHP stop claiming the deduction?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

I have a related question here, but not that particular one. What number is it?

Hon Jacqui Boydell: It is C045.

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN: I have C038. I am happy to give the member C038.

Hon Jacqui Boydell: I think there was a bit of confusion on our end of questions this morning, so it might have been that. There was a number —

The PRESIDENT: Minister, if you do not have the answer to the question that has been asked, perhaps you might seek that response and provide it at a later stage.