2015-12-01 Wetlands Coordinating Comittee

1440. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Environment:

I refer to the ministerial statement of 19 November 2015 by the Minister for Environment.

(1) Did the minister seek the advice of the Wetlands Coordinating Committee before revoking these three important environmental protection policies?

(2) If yes to (1), what advice did the minister receive?

(3) If no to (1), why did the minister not seek the advice of this ministerial advisory committee before making such a major decision?

(4) How many times a year has the Wetlands Coordinating Committee met in the period 2009–15?

(5) Will the minister table a copy of the advice that he received from the Environmental Protection Authority on the revocation of these three environmental protection policies?

Hon HELEN MORTON replied:

I thank the member for some notice of the question.

(1) No.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) Under section 33(2) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986, the Minister for Environment is required to seek and consider the advice of the Environmental Protection Authority prior to revocation of an environmental protection policy. The Minister for Environment sought and considered the advice of the Environmental Protection Authority before making his decision.

(4) There were four meetings in 2009; three meetings in 2010; three meetings in 2011; one meeting in 2012; one meeting in 2013; and one meeting in 2014.

(5) I now table the requested information.

[See paper 3701.]