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
My question, Minister, relates to the timing of when the states need to amend their laws to require themselves to take account of this advice, which as we know can often mean 'read and then shred'. The parliamentary secretary earlier today revealed that the states have until 30 September to identify a protocol as to how they are going to amend their own laws. I am asking whether or not there is a time frame—and, if not, why not—on when the amendments to state legislation have to be made requiring them to take account of the advice of this otherwise completely toothless and useless committee.