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

7:49 pm

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

Thanks, Minister. I look forward to that advice, because it goes, of course, to the capability of the committee to undertake its functions. Although the committee's functions are not as broad as the Greens would like given the lack of support for some of our early amendments to broaden out the functions of the committee, there is certainly a rather long list of them, and I would be alarmed if, as I believe, part-time committee members did not have adequate support to undertake their functions. So I await that information as to the staffing for the interim committee and also whether or not that will be significantly different once the committee moves into its final form. Can the minister advise if such information will be forthcoming nowish, soonish or not for a while?


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