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Thursday, 30 October 2003
Page: 17414

Senator Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 19 September 2003:

Following the collapse in January 2001 of the tailings dam at the Aural mine in Romania operated by the Perth-based Esmeralda Exploration:

(1) When did the company first contact the Minister or his staff.

(2) What was the nature of the representations made by the company.

(3) What assistance , if any did the company seek.

(4) What assistance if any was provided.

(5) On how many occasions subsequently did Esmeralda Exploration representatives contact the Minister or his staff.

(6) When did each of these contacts occur.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The Minister for the Environment and Heritage has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) There is no record of the Company contacting the former Minister, myself, or my staff.

(2) See 1 above.

(3) There is no record of the company seeking assistance.

(4) No assistance was provided to the company.

(5) See 1 above.

(6) See 1 above.