Senate debates

Monday, 29 July 2019


Environment and Energy Committee, Environment and Communications References Committee; Reference

3:32 pm

Photo of Penny WongPenny Wong (SA, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the following matters be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 11 October 2019:

(a) whether a compliance investigation by the Department of the Environment and Energy in relation to the Natural Temperate Grassland of the South Eastern Highlands ecological community has been adversely affected by the actions of the Member for Hume, Mr Taylor, the former Minister for the Environment and Energy, Mr Frydenberg, or any other persons;

(b) whether the conduct of Mr Taylor and Mr Frydenberg, in relation to the compliance investigation, represents a proper and disinterested exercise of their responsibilities under the laws of the Commonwealth and the Statement of Ministerial Standards; and

(c) any related matters.

Photo of Sue LinesSue Lines (WA, Deputy-President) Share this | | Hansard source

The question is that business of the Senate notice of motion No. 4, as moved by Senator Wong, be agreed to.