“While adding another layer of costly Commonwealth regulation, the trigger did not add any new scientific assessment or evidence.”
As the Department of the Environment noted:
“The introduction of the water trigger did not change the process for seeking and considering advice from the Independent Expert Scientific Committee.”
Dr. Roberts believes the measure is uncalled for as it would essentially create more unnecessary regulations to work around.
“The trigger duplicates state regulation, applies to two industries only, and discourages investment in developing the new gas supplies Australia needs,” said Dr. Roberts.