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Notice given 7 October 2003

626  Senator Brown: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Robin Batterham is also the chief technologist for mining giant Rio Tinto, and

(ii) that Dr Batterham continues to advise the Government on matters relating to Australia’s greenhouse policy;

(b) calls on the Government to conduct an independent review of the advice Dr Batterham has given on greenhouse policy, including carbon trading and geo sequestration, since 1999; and

(c) requests the Minister for Science (Mr Peter McGauran) to make the job of Chief Scientist full-time and conditional on its officeholder having no pecuniary interest which involves real or apparent conflict with any of the duties involved.