On 26th Feb 2013 the NSW Government proposed to replace the Snowy Scientific Committee (SSC) with a new group. Unlike the SSC the proposed Snowy Advisory Committee would not be independent of Government as it would report directly to the Minister for Primary Industries. The loss of an independent scientific voice would be a major backward step. For more information about the Government’s proposal, please visit the Department of Primary Industries website.
Comments on the proposal are required by April 1st 2013, and should be addressed to Snowycomments@water.nsw.gov.au
The Alliance strongly opposes this proposal and asks supporters to write to the NSW Government objecting to the removal of the Snowy Scientific Committee. Environment Victoria has suggested a few important points that could be addressed in a submission in the attached article on their website.
On March 20th Greens Senator Hansen/Young proposed a motion in the Australian Senate calling on the NSW Government to reverse its decision and to reinstate and fully fund the independent Snowy Scientific Committee and all its legislative functions. The motion was defeated by 38 votes to 10, with most labor senators abstaining.
The Alliance published a press release on March 19th outlining the issues. Media release 19 March 2013.