BBI GROUP — RAIL
INFRASTRUCTURE — PILBARA
158. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for
State Development, Jobs and Trade:
I refer to an article by Hamish
Hastie and Nathan Hondros that appeared online on WAtoday on 11 March 2019 entitled ''Flat tyres and broken windows:
The Pilbara Road screaming for funding'', which includes the statement —
In the funding proposal to the Commonwealth, Ms
Saffioti said it was dependent on whether FMG developed its western hub and a multi-billion
dollar Flinders Resources and Balla Balla Infrastructure mine, rail and port
project was developed.
(1) Does the statement by Minister Saffioti imply that
there is an agreement between Flinders Mines Ltd and BBI?
(2) Why does
the state agreement make reference to mining lease 47/1451 and exploration
licence 47/1560, each held by a third party,
Flinders Mines Ltd, which is not a party to the state agreement, as advised by
the minister in response to part 4 of
question without notice 142, which was asked on Tuesday, 12 March 2019.
ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:
I ask the member whether I can defer
answering that question until tomorrow because, unfortunately, it went into the
wrong pile. I apologise for that. I will need to check some of the statements
that Hon Robin Scott has made, if that is possible.