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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 665 asked in the Legislative Council on 25 June 2019 by Hon Peter Collier

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

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AUTHORITY — GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS — BRIEFINGS

665. Hon PETER COLLIER to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to the release of greenhouse gas guidelines by the Environmental Protection Authority on 7 March 2019.

(1) On what date and at what time and did the chairman first brief the director general of the following organisations —

(a) the Department of the Premier and Cabinet;

(b) Treasury;

(c) the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development;

(d) the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions;

(e) the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety; and

(f) the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation?

(2) For each of (1)(a)–(f), in what form—for example, by telephone or email—did the briefing take?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1)–(2) The chairman of the Environmental Protection Authority gave verbal briefings on the draft guidelines to directors general and/or representatives of the following departments.

(a) The Department of Premier and Cabinet was briefed at 12.45 pm on 6 March 2019 by teleconference.

(b) No briefing was given to Treasury.

(c) The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development was briefed at 4.30 pm on 6 March 2019 by teleconference.

(d) The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions was briefed at 9.15 am on 6 March 2019 by teleconference.

(e) The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety was briefed prior to the release of the new greenhouse gas guidance. However, this meeting is not diarised and the EPA chairman is not in the office today to provide greater clarity. I will provide the Leader of the Opposition with a further response tomorrow.

(f) The Department of Jobs, Science, Tourism and Innovation was briefed at 12.00 pm on 5 March 2019 by teleconference.

I am advised that no written material or copies of the draft guidelines were provided for these briefings. I am also advised that the Environmental Protection Authority's final greenhouse gas guidelines were not provided, as they were not finalised by the chairman until 7 March 2019, the day of their release. The guidelines are now withdrawn and the EPA is undertaking further consultation with all stakeholders.