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Question Without Notice No. 633 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 September 2017 by Hon Robin Scott

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 14 September 2017

GOLDMINING — MINES ON CARE AND MAINTENANCE
      633. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Treasurer:
      (1) Is the Treasurer aware that in 2015–16, there were within Western Australia 73 mines on care and maintenance, including nine gold mines?
      (2) Is the Treasurer aware that in 2016–17, there were within Western Australia 33 mines on care and maintenance, including 21 gold mines?
      (3) Does the Treasurer agree that this information confirms that many WA goldmines are marginal or submarginal at current gold prices?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
I have an answer to the member's question in my pack, but I am not happy with the response so I will not give it. I will provide the answer for the member on the next sitting day.