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
I have a question that is supplementary to Senator Joyce's questioning. Could the minister outline the government's position on this. If the research that this advisory committee will be relying on will be coming from an institution that is also doing work for either the mining industry or an environmental group—in other words, a group that has a vested interest in this—is that something that would be of concern to the government in terms of issues of the impartiality of the research? It is a neutral question. I think it is a reasonable question.