Senate debates

Monday, 10 September 2012


Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development) Bill 2012; In Committee

6:28 pm

Photo of Larissa WatersLarissa Waters (Queensland, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

Minister, are there going to be any limits on whether or not members of the final committee will be currently on the payroll of industry? Will there be any limits in that respect? I do understand the need to balance expertise and field expertise. Although it has been suggested by some members of the community, my amendments, which I will move in due course, do not require that members on this final committee have never worked for industry. The intention is that they are not currently employed by or on the payroll of or receiving research funding from industry. Can the minister advise whether there are any such parameters in the government's appointment criteria?


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