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Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Page: 320


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:42): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: Responsibility for ensuring that miners comply with their rehabilitation obligations rests primarily with state and territory governments, and not with the Commonwealth. The COAG Energy Council Land Access for Resources Working Group is currently reviewing best practice approaches to mine rehabilitation as well as the management of legacy abandoned mines. The proposed inquiry would duplicate much of this work.

Question agreed to.