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Monday, 27 February 2006
Page: 120

Senator BOB BROWN (Leader of the Australian Greens) (9:30 PM) —I asked for a copy of the legislation and attendant papers here 20 minutes ago, and I was reading from the Senate Offshore Petroleum Bill 2005 second reading speech. I was reading from the second page and the second last paragraph.

In response to what the minister just said: he says that consultation with ‘relevant parties’ means with those impacted on; does that mean that, where there is some activity that requires consultation with relevant parties, the environment drops out at that stage—‘before certain adverse decisions are taken’? Suddenly even the WWF and the ACF are no longer relevant to the deliberations of this government over what should happen in that particular instance.