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Question Without Notice No. 158 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 March 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon M. McGowan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 13 March 2019

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.

Hon 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.