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Wednesday, 26 November 1986
Page: 3817

(Question No. 2996)

Mr Tickner asked the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 29 November 1985:

(1) Is it necessary for both Houses of Parliament to approve any licences issued to permit the export of mineral sands extracted from areas listed on the national estate.

(2) Are minerals sands being exported from any such areas.

Mr Dawkins —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) No. However, before export approval may be granted, any proposal to export mineral sands from any area on the Register of the National Estate must be considered in terms of the Australian Heritage Commission Act 1975. This is designed to ensure that the national estate is adequately protected for the benefit of future generations as well as for the present community.

(2) Export approvals have been given since 1975 in respect of mineral sands sourced from mining leases granted to Allied Eneabba in that year. The leases fall within two Reserves which were placed on the Register of the National Estate in 1978.