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Monday, 24 May 1965

Senator CANT (Western Australia) . - I refer the Minister for Civil Aviation to the following proposed new provision in clause 5 - (10.) In this section - approved diamond drilling ' means diamond drilling approved by the Treasurer as being diamond drilling that would, if it resulted in the discovery of gold-bearing minerals of payable grade, contribute to the continued production of gold-bearing minerals in, or in the vicinity of, an existing gold-mining area;

This is a definition of approved diamond drilling. When taken in conjunction with the answer that the Minister has given me to the effect that one-half of the net cost of diamond drilling elsewhere than on the mining property will be granted, it leads to some confusion as to what is meant by the words - in the vicinity of, an existing gold-mining area;

Will the Minister clarify the two related matters?

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