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BHP Billiton Ltd - AGM - Address by Chairman/MD

Please find attached a copy of prepared addresses delivered by the Chairman and Managing Director to shareholders at the BHP Billiton Limited Annual General Meeting in Melbourne on 16th October 2001.

The voting requirements under the DLC structure require the Company to take votes on a poll. The poll does not close until after the close of the second AGM (in this case the BHP Billiton Plc AGM to be held in London on Friday 19 October). Accordingly, we will not be in a position to provide the outcome of voting on the resolution until after that meeting. We expect to make that announcement on Monday 22 October.