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Question Without Notice No. 15 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 February 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

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

Answered on 12 February 2019

STATE AGREEMENTS — CONCESSIONS

15. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade:

(1) Will the minister confirm that in an article published in the Kalgoorlie Miner of Wednesday, 6 February 2019, Hon Mia Davies, MLA, wrote, in reference to BHP and Rio Tinto: ''For decades, the WA Government has provided the companies with long-term leases, tax concessions and specific measures to cut through normal planning and environmental processes''?

(2) What access to long-term leases not available to other companies has been provided to BHP and Rio Tinto?

(3) What tax concessions have the WA government provided to BHP and Rio Tinto?

(4) What specific measures to cut through normal planning and environmental processes have the WA government provided to BHP and Rio Tinto?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade has kindly provided the following answers, even though the first question clearly is not within the purview of the government.

(1) Yes.

(2) Long-term leases are available to all companies, including state agreement companies, based on the legislation of the day and specified operational requirements. The 1963 and 1964 state agreements provided for the principal mining lease to be continually renewed if it was required for mining under the relevant state agreement.

(3) The 1963 and 1964 state agreements did not provide tax concessions. The state agreements historically provided concessions in relation to stamp duty for a limited period of time.

(4) Companies operating under state agreements are required to comply with the provisions of the state agreements, which are subject to the Environmental Protection Act 1986.