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
Minister, you left out one part in your answer, which was a question Senator Waters asked of you at Senate estimates which you had there and if you were on top of your job you would have known about because the answer has actually been given. You missed out a very crucial part of the answer, and that is: are there people currently on the payroll of the mining industry that are currently also going to apparently have an independent view on coal seam gas? If there is a person who is currently on the payroll of the mining industry who apparently is going to give independent advice, how does that person, in your own words, divest themselves of one pecuniary interest in favour of another pecuniary interest in the same heartbeat?