HSI welcomes water trigger bill
Humane Society International (HSI) has today welcomed the introduction by the Government of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2013 to the Senate. This Bill seeks to introduce a ninth matter of national environmental significance, a ‘water trigger’ under the Act, to address the impacts coal seam gas activities have on Australia’s water resources.
“HSI strongly supports the proposed Bill and subsequent amendments put forward by Tony Windsor MP to ensure that the federal government retains control of this matter,” said Alexia Wellbelove of HSI. “We urge all parties to adopt the amendments put forward by the Australian Greens and particularly to ensure that the provisions to allow federal environment powers to be handed over to state and federal governments are removed from the Act.”
HSI is strongly of the view that the Commonwealth Government must play a leadership role on matters of national environmental significance. We therefore believe that decisions on approvals for all matters of national environmental significance should be protected from being handed over to State and Territory Governments. We believe that this Bill provides an ideal opportunity to remove the provision for approval bilateral agreements from the Act so that our wildlife and places can be assured the protection they deserve.