'The regulations ensure that all stakeholders, including the relevant Basin State Ministers, irrigation infrastructure operators within the Murray-Darling Basin, and the public, are fully consulted on the water charge and water market rules,' Minister for Climate, Senator Penny Wong, said.
Members of the public and interested stakeholders were invited to comment on the draft regulations in April 2008. The Water Amendment Regulations 2008 have been amended as a result of these consultations.
'Many submissions requested a longer consultation period on the draft water market and water charge rules. As a result, I have extended the deadline for the ACCC to provide its advice to the Australian Government to allow more time for stakeholder consultation,' Senator Wong said.
This extension has allowed the ACCC to include an additional stage in its consultation process and an extra four to six weeks of public consultation.