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Thursday, 25 July 2019
Page: 1052

Endangered Species


Ms BUTLER (Griffith) (14:56): My question is to the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction. I refer to as previous answer. Did the minister's meeting with departmental issues discuss any of the following matters—

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: There were a couple of interjections there, and I'm struggling to hear the member for Griffith anyway. I ask the member for Griffith to start again, a bit louder.

Ms BUTLER: You don't usually ask me that!

The SPEAKER: I know that's unusual for me to ask anyone to speak louder.

Ms BUTLER: Especially not me! My question is to the Minister for Energy and Emission Reduction. I refer to his previous answer. Did the minister's meeting with departmental officials discuss any of the following matters later referenced in departmental correspondence about the Threatened Species Scientific Committee: whether the environment minister could vary the listing without the committee's advice; whether the minister could act against the committee's advice; and, if the minister acted against the committee's advice, could the minister keep the reasons secret?






Mr TAYLOR (HumeMinister for Energy and Emissions Reduction) (14:57): The briefing was a technical briefing with respect to a revised listing of the EPBC which had the potential to impact thousands of farmers in my electorate—their livelihoods, their wellbeing.