During yesterdays ‘Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development) Bill 2012)’, Senator Cameron challenged the head of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) over its support for science related to Coal Seam Gas (CSG) but not climate change.
Labor senator Doug Cameron questioned why the federation supported the establishment of a scientific panel.
“It grates a bit when some of your members don’t accept the science on climate change… So why do we have an acceptance on the science when it comes to this and you’ve got this massive opposition… about human-induced climate change.”
NFF vice-president Duncan Fraser responded with “It shows how democratic we are.”
Senator Cameron said his question wasn’t about democracy, it was about science. “When it comes to climate change, the science is not accepted by many in the farming community. When it comes to the issue of mining then the science is going to be accepted.”