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
We have come really to the nub of it. This is a committee which was set up to advise someone who does not have the power to consider or act on the advice properly and to advise the states, which are merely obliged to take account of it—which can mean read and then shred. I ask the minister: what is the point? Why is the government even proceeding with this bill when you are determined at every motion to make it as weak as possible?