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

12:50 pm

Photo of David FeeneyDavid Feeney (Victoria, Australian Labor Party, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence) Share this | Hansard source

I will now read it for the benefit of the senate, you will be thrilled to know, Senator Heffernan:

(b) the Minister believes that the taking of the action:

(i) is likely to have a significant impact on water resources; and

(ii) may have an adverse impact on a matter protected by a provision of Part 3.

I understand that those powers mean that the minister has a wider discretion than you are describing.

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