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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 153 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 March 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 13 March 2019


153. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

I refer to the Premier's comments in The West Australian yesterday in which he criticised the Environmental Protection Authority's recommended greenhouse gas emissions standards and expressed concern that fossil fuel corporations were not consulted about regulating their own industry.

(1) Which fossil fuel corporations have been, or will be, invited to the roundtable discussion referred to in the article?

(2) Which individuals or organisations, other than fossil fuel corporations, have been, or will be, invited to the roundtable discussion?

(3) Will roundtable discussions be held with members of the conservation, environmental, scientific and medical communities; and, if not, why not?

(4) Could the minister please provide details of all communications including meetings, phone calls, emails and written correspondence between the government and representatives from fossil fuel corporations that have occurred since the EPA's recommendations were published, including the date of communication, the names of the individuals or corporations involved in the communication, the content of the communication, and the minutes from every meeting?

The PRESIDENT: That is a very long question. I might remind the member about standing order 105 and the need to be concise.

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) This Thursday, the Premier will be hosting a roundtable discussion with key LNG industry stakeholders to discuss the Environmental Protection Authority's new greenhouse guidance statement and to work through the issues it raises for them. The Premier has extended invitations to Chevron, Santos, Shell, Woodside, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, and the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association.

(3) The Minister for Environment will be leading consultations and engagement with all stakeholders, including the broader resources sector and conservation groups.

(4) As canvassed in the media, the government has been in contact with interested parties since the publication of the recommendations. It is not possible to give an accurate answer, as I would not want to inadvertently mislead the house in the case that someone is missed. Should the member have a question about a particular party, I would request he asks a specific question and I will endeavour to answer it.