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

8:32 pm

Photo of Stephen ConroyStephen Conroy (Victoria, Australian Labor Party, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate) Share this | Hansard source

Thank you. Senator Heffernan, you are smarter than you think. Senator Joyce really must have had a bad time tonight over something in shadow cabinet. I can only imagine what it was but, welcome, Senator Joyce. I was quite clear: the majority of the money, most of it, is being spent on research and development. There is an existing body of staff, and some of those staff resources from the Office of Water Science will go towards servicing the committee. If I can give any further detailed breakdown—and, as the other senators will tell you, we have been debating this during the course of the evening, so we have been seeking further information—I will be happy to supply it.


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