Senate debates

Monday, 10 September 2012


Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development) Bill 2012; In Committee

9:30 pm

Photo of Stephen ConroyStephen Conroy (Victoria, Australian Labor Party, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate) Share this | Hansard source

The government is unfortunately not able to support this amendment. The meaning of water resources has the same meaning as is defined in Water Act 2007:

… (including water, organisms and other components and ecosystems that contribute to the physical state and environmental value of the water resource).

With this in mind, there is no doubt that salt is included and water resources under the Water Act 2007 is specifically referred to at section 4(1)(a) to include surface water and groundwater.


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