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Tuesday, 9 March 1971
Page: 697

Mr COLLARD (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Has the Treasurer or his Department, singe 5th January last, been requested by the Prime Minister or his Department to give, further consideration to the problems of the gold mining industry with a view to determining whether those problems as well as those of the people dependent upon the industry warrant a further increase in the gold subsidy under the Gold Mining Industry Assistance Aci? If so. can the Treasurer say whether the investigation has been set in motion, what form it is taking and whether any decision has been reached?

Mr BURY (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - A series of investigations has been made into the gold mining industry, particularly in relation lo Kalgoorlie. There have been a number of representations and I am nol sure to which one the honourable member is referring. 1 recall that' early in January further representations were received. These have been examined by the Treasury and other departmental experts and a decision was made which confirmed an earlier decision that the Government would continue the subsidy at the present level and there was no justification for a further increase in it. Most of the recent representations have been very largely a repetition of the previous ones. A very thorough job has been done by those concerned who provided a great deal of detail. This has been gone into and the decision after several examinations has remained the same.

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