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Natural gas industry helps secure Australia's economic future
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Regional development

Natural gas is a key driver of economic and infrastructure development in some regions and states.

Queensland’s Surat Basin shows how the development of an onshore gas industry can enhance regional development.

By bringing infrastructure and investment to several rural and regional districts, the oil and gas industry is generating new jobs and strengthening and diversifying regional economies.

Resources developments are not only making regions more prosperous, but also making their communities more stable and socially sustainable.

A successful regional shale gas industry would employ several thousand people in construction, operations, infrastructure and service jobs.

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Economic Benefits

Natural gas is a major contributor to national prosperity.

The Australian oil and gas industry is today building about $200 billion worth of projects – and it has the potential to build another $100 billion worth. Developing Australia’s shale gas resources would help underpin further expansion of gas production for domestic and export purposes.

In 2011-12, the Australian oil and gas industry paid $8.8 billion in taxes ($4.8 billion in corporate taxes and $4 billion in production taxes). This is forecast to reach almost $13 billion in 2020. At a time when government revenues are under pressure, the oil and gas industry’s contribution is very important to the nation’s economic wellbeing.

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Risks & Roadblocks

Did you know Australia’s natural gas industry is in danger of losing its competitive edge? Our reputation as a low-cost energy supplier is under enormous pressure.

Despite the massive investment in Australia’s natural gas industry, $150 billion worth of energy and resource projects stalled in Australia over the last two years.

Now is not the time to impose more costs and uncertainty on natural gas producers. Australia already has more than 150 statutes governing offshore and onshore upstream petroleum activities, regulated by more than 50 government agencies at a national, state and territory level. Inefficient, duplicative and bureaucratic red tape is putting the industry’s expansion at risk.

We have a chance to safely develop the country’s extensive gas reserves to secure our energy future with an abundant, affordable, reliable and cleaner-burning fuel.

However, our future economic success is threatened by people who do not care enough about losing Australian jobs and investment.

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Cleaner Energy

Australia has an estimated 819 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas resources (enough to power a city of one million people for 16,000 years). More gas discoveries are likely.

Natural gas can help reduce greenhouse emissions, both here in Australia and in Asian LNG markets, because it is so much cleaner than traditional sources of energy.

Renewable energy sources, such as solar power and wind power cannot deliver the flexible and continuous power generation that gas provides.

Gas can generate 24/7 power, and can do so while producing greenhouse gas emissions up to 70% lower than those of coal.

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Recent Articles

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SA Royal Commission Final Report confirms clean future with natural gas

10 May 2016

The critical role of cleaner-burning natural gas in the low-carbon economy of the future has been highlighted by the Final Report of South Australia’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.

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Senate Inquiry acknowledges importance of natural gas industry

5 May 2016

The interim report of the Senate Select Committee on Unconventional Gas Mining confirms that the inquiry did not identify any factual or scientific evidence to support industry opponents’ fear campaign.

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Report urges greater accountability for environmental groups

4 May 2016

Groups primarily engaged in frustrating the lawful development of publicly owned resources should not qualify as charities for the purposes of tax deductibility.

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Sharp decline in QLD oil & gas exploration threatens energy security & future employment & business growth. https://t.co/ZOnG4tS7rr
18 May 16, 10:22am
Factors driving severe decline in QLD oil & gas exploration include: regulatory creep and constraints on access. https://t.co/ZOnG4tS7rr
18 May 16, 10:20am
Final Report of South Australia’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission highlights critical role #natgas in low-carbon economy. #LNG #auspol
11 May 16, 10:44am
Australia has Asia-Pacific's lowest wholesale #natgas prices: new International Gas Union report. https://t.co/Xdb0k2jl4t#LNG #CSG
10 May 16, 9:39am
Senate Inquiry interim report finds no factual or scientific evidence to support anti-gas fear campaign #auspol #CSG https://t.co/4eKoqQE5KV
5 May 16, 11:51am
Groups focused on frustrating lawful development of resources shouldn't qualify for tax deductibility status #auspol https://t.co/lBsj45EXGG
5 May 16, 9:46am
Federal Budget recognises #oilandgas sector's significant contribution to prosperity of all Australians #auspol #LNG https://t.co/HsoAOPL4la
4 May 16, 9:34am
Developing new oil fields in Great Australian Bight would boost national & South Australian economy, energy security https://t.co/aKUSYKwNJS
4 May 16, 9:30am
ACCC report confirms urgent need to remove regulatory restrictions on #natgas supply #CSG #fracking #auspol #ntpol https://t.co/wbc78vfvhF
22 April 16, 12:33pm
ACCC’s east coast gas inquiry report here: https://t.co/HPq5BZQiNL #auspol #natgas #CSG #oilandgas
22 April 16, 8:47am