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Question Without Notice No. 37 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 May 2017 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 17 May 2017

STATE AGREEMENT ACTS — AMENDMENTS
      37. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Treasurer:
I refer to the proposal of the Nationals WA to increase the special lease rental charge for BHP and Rio Tinto and to the Treasurer's comments that it was not possible to get agreement from those mining companies to change their state agreements.
      (1) Has the Treasurer requested or received formal advice that state agreements can only be changed by mutual agreement; and, if so, will the minister table this advice?
(2) If no to (1), on what premise does he base these comments?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Treasurer.
(1) No.
      (2) The iron ore production rental is specified in the relevant state agreements. The state government does not intend to unilaterally amend such agreements, as this would clearly be contrary to their spirit and intent and undermine Western Australia's reputation as a safe and stable investment destination.