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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 307 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 April 2019 by Hon Peter Collier

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 4 April 2019

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AUTHORITY — GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS —BRIEFINGS

307. Hon PETER COLLIER to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to question without notice 284 answered on 3 April 2019.

(1) Will the minister confirm that at no time during the briefing with the chairman of the Environmental Protection Authority was he informed that the EPA intended to amend the guidelines to include a requirement to fully offset all scope 1 emissions from projects emitting over 100 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per annum?

(2) Did the minister receive any briefings or advice from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet or the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation regarding the proposed changes to the EPA guidelines prior to the briefing on 21 February 2019, or the announcement by the EPA on 7 March 2019?

(3) If yes to (2), on what date did he receive the briefings or advice, and who provided the briefings or advice?

(4) If yes to (2) will the minister table the briefings; and, if not, why not?

(5) On what date did the minister first become aware of the EPA's decision to amend the guidelines to include a requirement to fully offset all scope 1 emissions from projects emitting over 100 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per annum?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the Leader of the Opposition for some notice of the question.

An answer cannot be provided in the time available. An answer will be provided to the honourable member on Tuesday, 9 April 2019.