Federal Labor's shadow environment minister announces a Shorten Labor government would expand the water trigger in the EPBC Act to apply to shale gas.

This is an encouraging first response to the Water4Life index, and shows the callous attitude of the Abbott/Turnbull government that left this anomaly for the three years they have been in power.  It is not too late, though, for them to match this policy announced by Labor, who seem willing to listen to the voices of communities crying out about the scourge of the unconventional gas industry.

We will see if more policies will follow the Water4Life index.