Senate debates

Monday, 10 September 2012

Bills

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development) Bill 2012; In Committee

9:41 pm

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

The amendments are not supported. The focus of the committee is quite properly on the impacts of coal seam gas and large coalmining development on water resources. This is critical to ensure that the committee's work is focused on the priority issues under its mandate and to be sure of consistency with the arrangements agreed between the Commonwealth and states under the national partnership agreement.

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