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
Consistent with the treatment of other advice provided to the minister from independent committees constituted under the EPBC, advice is not made publicly available until the decision maker has considered it and made their regulatory decision, thus avoiding the possibility of decisions being inadvertently prejudiced. The current practice of the interim independent expert scientific committee has been to publish material at the same time or just after a decision has been made based on that material. The government is committed to transparency in the advice provided to it by the committee, and that advice will be published as soon as possible after a decision has been made.