Senate debates

Monday, 10 September 2012

Bills

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

7:53 pm

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

For the reasons I have outlined on the need for this to be a genuinely independent committee and for it to be properly resourced to do its workload—which, of course, the Greens think should be broader and include the environmental impacts and public health impacts of coal seam gas, though my amendments to that effect were recently defeated—I move amendment (11) on sheet 7233:

(11)   Schedule 1, item 4, page 7 (after line 4), at the end of Division 2B, add:

505F Staff assisting Committee

     The staff necessary to assist the Committee are to be persons engaged under the Public Service Act 1999 who are:

  (a)   employed in the Department; and

  (b)   made available for the purpose by the Secretary of the Department.

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