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
Thanks, Minister. So the Office of Water Science will be the ones accountable on behalf of this committee. I noticed you mentioned you had been gathering information in response to questions, and you gesticulated in my direction. I am really eager to receive the response to those questions, if it has been amassed at this point. One of those questions went to the staffing that was planned, and this same line of questioning has been raised by other senators as well. We are very keen to know the staffing numbers. My interest stems more from whether or not the committee will be adequately resourced to perform their functions—although, there are, of course, financial considerations behind the question as well. Minister, can I take your comments to mean that you do have some of that information now to share with us?