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

8:13 pm

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

I am disappointed by that. It was a statement of a couple of minutes, but you made a number of contentions within the statement that I am seeking to further understand. It does dismay me that the process is unable to allow me to explore the reasoning and the policy behind the position you have articulated. I thought that that is what we are here to do, but, hey, I'm new to this gig. It seems that I am not going to be getting any joy as to the government's reasoning on how they can 'balance' groundwater with coal seam gas when one punches a hole through the other and threatens to contaminate it and deplete it. I will move to the second point in your so-called lengthy statement.


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