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 had a discussion earlier. Senator Waters has talked about the questions of conflict of interest and whether they come into play. We have had a discussion about the minutes, whether conflicts of interest are revealed. There are perhaps some areas where we are working to see if there is any extra information. But we have set out quite a detailed process. The researchers have not been identified at this stage, so there is a process to be gone through. There will be, I am sure, governance issues and conflict of interest issues, as you would expect, but we cannot point to any individual institution yet because they have not been identified.