This amendment excludes having native forest burning in the renewable energy target. It is an affront to common sense, ecology and carbon pollution calculations to ever think that burning native forests could be considered a clean energy source. It is far from carbon neutral. There is new science emerging that shows it is three times as carbon intensive an energy form as coal.
Senator Larissa Waters asks the National Industrial Chemicals regulator about the assessment of CSG chemicals. Unfortunately the Commonwealth government is not examining the impacts of these chemicals on deep groundwater aquifers, and the assessment does not include shale gas and tight gas.
Senator Waters questions the Office for Women in Senate Estimates on their work on a National Domestic Violence Order Scheme, government gender diversity targets and the national awareness campaign on DV.