State Agreement Acts Western Australia

Nevertheless, new state treaties are now much less frequent than in the 1960s and 1970s. A number of recent state agreements have been concluded to allow the construction of important railways – a necessary work under the Public Labour Act of 1902 (AV) which requires that a railway can only be built under the supervision of a special law that must indicate as accurately as possible the railway line and the point of departure and end. The special law does not necessarily have to be done through a state agreement, but this is the approach taken in practice by the VA government. State agreements, which are contracts between the state and a company that wants to develop a major project, which is usually ratified by a State Agreement Act in Parliament, have been an important aspect of West Australian industry for more than 60 years. In the past, the security and benefits that public agreements have offered to industry have played an important role in attracting significant investment in major projects. The Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) publishes state-of-the-art reports, maps and databases that document Western Australia`s geology and petroleum resources. The North West Shelf (Woodside) Agreement and the Railway and Port (The Pilbara Infrastructure Pty Ltd) are just two examples of agreements that have introduced local content obligations. The last state agreement to be amended by Parliament, the North-West Gas Agreement, dates back 40 years when it was amended in 2019. The main objective of this amendment was to extend the duration of the agreement, which allowed the continuation of the operation until 2071. However, the VA government took advantage of this opportunity to impose new obligations on the company by inserting clauses into „modern government agreements“ requiring the implementation of community development plans and local participation plans for the project.

The main resources in Western Australia are iron ore, natural gas, gold, alumina and nickel. However, there are more than 50 different minerals that are mined in Western Australia, more than in any other Australian state or territory. Members of both sides of the Assembly noted in opposition that partisan politics is to support state agreements in general, as they constitute an agreement negotiated and agreed between the wa government of the day and the company concerned. . . .

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