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Monday, 10 November 2008
Page: 124

Senator Bob Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 30 September 2008:

(1)   On which occasions, involving representatives of BHP Billiton, have Australian Government officials in Indonesia: (a) visited Gag Island, Indonesia; (b) discussed Gag Island at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta; and (c) on each occasion, what was considered.

(2) (a)   What representations have been made by Australia to Indonesia in regard to Gag Island mining proposals; and (b) when and where were those proposals made.

Senator Faulkner (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) —The following answer has been provided by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to the honourable senator’s question:

(1) (a)   never; (b) & (c) Australian Embassy officials see BHP Billiton Indonesia staff regularly. On two occasions since July 2008, BHP Billiton representatives gave information presentations to Embassy officials on proposed nickel developments in Eastern Indonesia, including Gag Island.

(2) (a)   & (b) Australia has made a number of general representations to Indonesia in Jakarta on the investment environment in the mining sector.