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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 138

(Question No. 1300)


Senator Ian Macdonald asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, upon notice, on 30 March 1994:

  With reference to 10,000 hectares of the Starcke property in north Queensland which is subject to mining exploration under permit by an Australian registered company named Starcke Gold:

  (1) Approximately how much money will have been spent by Starcke Gold on exploration costs when their tenure expires at the end of March 1994.

  (2) Has the company complied with the conditions of its permit.

  (3) Who are the owners and directors of Starcke Gold and are the owners and directors Australian citizens.

  (4) Has the company applied for extension of its permit over any part of Starcke; if so, what is the state of such application.

  (5) Approximately how many jobs will be created if Starcke Gold is allowed to mine the 10,000 hectares of the Starcke property which they are currently exploring.

  (6) Have any other companies been issued exploration permits or licences over any part of Starcke Holdings, if so, what are the names of these companies and are the directors of these companies Australian citizens.

  (7) Is there any native title application in relation to the 10,000 hectares which has been proposed for the mining lease.

  (8) Is it necessary to obtain the consent of native title applicants to the area of the mining lease; if so, has this been done and what, if any, conditions have been imposed.


Senator Collins —The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission has provided the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs with the following information in response to the honourable senator's question.

  (1)—(6) The information sought by the honourable senator is not held by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. I respectfully suggest that he approach the relevant Queensland Government Minister for this information.

  (7) The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission is not aware of any native title application in relation to the 10,000 hectares which has been proposed for the mining lease.

  (8) In view of the fact that there is no native title application over this land this question is not applicable in this case. However, in general, where a government party proposes to do a "permissible future act" over land where native title has been determined or which is under claim for native title, the Native Title Act 1993 provides that registered native title holders and registered native title claimants will have a right to negotiate before such an act can be taken.