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
I asked in estimates hearings how long the committee would take to do its work, and the answer was, 'About five years.' They have a fairly comprehensive research program, including undertaking bioregional plans which, of course, are long overdue and much needed and, frankly, should have been done before any coal seam gas approvals were issued. Minister, was any thought given to actually allowing the committee to do its work before further decisions were made by the federal environment minister?