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Take this as the standard

By the 2030s, scientists using the latest generation of space telescopes will likely be able to see so-called biomarkers - signatures in light arriving from distant solar systems that indicate whether their planets have life.

“We will know at that moment that we are not alone. In human experience, this is a profound and deep moment and Australia is right there at the forefront of it,” Mr Marles told the Australian Strategic Policy Institute conference.


... and this, from the idiot Marles that sits in parliament.  The distance between here and an exoplanet is only exceeded by the space between his ears.  Send 'em an email you stupid uneducated whackhead !!!  Doesn't even grasp the speed of light !!!

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/i-don-t-get-it-richard-marles-laments-australia-s-lack-of-interest-in-space-discoveries-20180614-p4zlgf.html