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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 146

Senator POYSER (VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Minister seen a report indicating that Bougainville Mining Ltd is likely to establish a smelter in an European Economic Community country in the near future to process copper mined at Bougainville; if so,

(2)   Did this company give an undertaking when granted mining rights at Bougainville that a smelter would be established in the Territory of Papua New Guinea, and

(3)   Is this undertaking likely to be repudiated in favour of the establishment of a smelter in Europe.

Senator WRIGHT The Minister for External Territories has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   No. However, in the Second Reading Speech in the House of Assembly it was announced that the company undertook to keep the matter of smelting in Papua New Guinea under objective review so that if it became feasible to establish smelting or refining operations in Papua New Guinea the matter would be properly considered.

(3)   See answer to Question 2.

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