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
With respect, Minister, the environment minister is empowered to—and I understand frequently does—seek advice from relevant state ministers in the course of his approval decision, and he is also empowered to consider any information he considers relevant. So I am afraid that line of argument does not address my concerns. Is there perhaps any other reasoning that can shed any light on the policy decision to delay the release of that advice until after the minister has made his approval decision?