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Question Without Notice No. 897 asked in the Legislative Council on 9 October 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

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

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HAWTHORN RESOURCES — PINJIN PASTORAL STATION

897. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:

I refer to mining leases 31/79, 31/284, and forfeiture notice 536709, recorded 27 September 2018.

(1) Will the minister quote the full text of the forfeiture notice and explain the reasons for the forfeiture notice being issued?

(2) Will the minister explain how and why the penalty of $40 000 was imposed under section 97(5) of the Mining Act 1978?

(3) On 16 August 2018, the date of the regulation 50 notice for noncompliance with royalty provisions, what was the royalty debt, and has that debt subsequently been paid?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The Minister for Mines and Petroleum has provided the following information.

(1) The notice of intention to forfeit, notice number 536709, was published in the Government Gazette on 24 August 2018, in accordance with regulation 50 of the Mining Act 1978 for noncompliance with tenement conditions to pay royalties for the June 2018 quarter, as prescribed by regulation 86A of the Mining Regulations 1981.

(2) A penalty of $40 000 was imposed in lieu of forfeiture with respect to mining lease M31/79, in accordance with the powers of the Minister for Mines and Petroleum under section 97(5) of the act for a breach of condition 21 of the mining lease. This penalty relates to fine 539730, referenced on the public tenement register, and is a different matter to forfeiture notice 536709.

(3) The royalty debt was zero on 16 August 2018.