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Monday, 24 May 1965

Senator CANT (Western Australia) . - I appreciate what Senator Scott said, but there seems to be some confusion with regard to this measure. I referred' to paragraph (d) of proposed new sub-section (1.) of Section 10. I drew the attention of Senator Henty to the words "elsewhere than on the mining property ". I asked him to clarify them for me and he said that they meant somewhere away from the leases presently held by the mining company. As Senator Scott knows, in some cases these leases can be quite extensive. When we look at the definition of " approved diamond drilling ", we see that it is approved diamond drilling carried out by the producer in, or in the vicinity of, an existing gold mining area.

The position which is exercising my mind at present is that the Western Mining Corporation Ltd. is doing extensive diamond drilling at the southern end of Kalgoorlie to see whether it can pick up the southern extension of the Golden Mile. This work is being done on leases which are held at the present time. This is probably the biggest diamond drilling operation that has taken place in Western Australia for a great many years. If the Company is successful in finding the southern extension of the lodes of the Golden Mile, this will create a whole new field. There have been very favorable indications in some of the holes being drilled. I am wondering whether this work is being done " elsewhere than on the mining properly " or whether it is work " in, or in the vicinity of, an existing gold mining area". These two terms seem to me to be in conflict. I would like the Minister to clear the matter up for me if he can.

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