Rio Tinto is still waiting on approval for a forty year lease agreement on its Gove bauxite and alumina mine in the Northern Territory.
Federal indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin is yet to make a decision on whether or not the agreement between the miner and traditional land owners will go ahead, the ABC has reported.
The miner’s lease agreement is set to run out this month.
"That matter is still under final investigation and I look forward to receiving advice from my department shortly," Macklin said.
"We will make a decision as soon as possible.
"The obligation that I have is to take advice on these matters and that will be done as quickly as I can."
Some groups have raised concerns that they have been left out of the lease negotiations.
Gove came under fire last year after it allegedly dumped nearly 90 tonnes of alumina into the nearby Gove harbour.
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