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Natural gas industry helps secure Australia's economic future
The natural gas industry creates Australian jobs
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


The truth about domestic and export gas prices

26 Aug 2016

Australian domestic gas prices are NOT higher than prices prevailing in Australia’s major LNG export markets – let alone double the overseas prices.

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Australia's Bright Gas Future

COAG must help end gas supply uncertainty – and Victoria must be part of the solution

19 Aug 2016

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council meeting in Canberra must remove policy and regulatory roadblocks obstructing security of gas supply in eastern Australia.

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Victorian Government faces a clear choice on gas and energy security

16 Aug 2016

Calls for moratoriums on Victorian onshore gas operations ignore overwhelming evidence that the gas industry is safe and that more gas is urgently needed to ensure secure supply for eastern Australia.

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Political parties that campaigned hardest against #fracking got very little support in NT election #ntpol #natgas https://t.co/9v2rq6NTsE
28 August 16, 4:49pm
Australian domestic #natgas prices aren't higher than prices in our major #LNG export markets – let alone double https://t.co/HT9Tsgeyep
26 August 16, 12:55pm
COAG #natgas strategy welcome, but VIC must be part of the national energy security solution. #auspol #vicpol #CSG https://t.co/h3NrhqQFTA
20 August 16, 1:05pm
Unconventional Gas in Australia report shows gas industry is safe & co-existing well with farming & other land uses. https://t.co/yBGPxlz1B7
20 August 16, 1:04pm
COAG Energy Council must remove policy & regulatory hurdles impairing #natgas supply & energy security. #CSG #auspol https://t.co/ohwVQDgs53
19 August 16, 12:48pm
VIC #natgas moratoriums calls ignore strong evidence that gas industry is safe & more production is urgently needed. https://t.co/NfpVgsTDrT
15 August 16, 4:04pm
AEMO report highlights #natgas crucial to ensure smooth transition to low-carbon future. Gas complements renewables https://t.co/MJFWLznW5t
11 August 16, 12:11pm
Expanding WA gas reservation policy would destroy jobs & regional investment, harm state finances & cut gas supply https://t.co/rEUfWMuJ2o
10 August 16, 10:35am
Activists ignore hundreds of South Australian businesses that stand to benefit from #oilandgas exploration in Bight https://t.co/wA23agpC0K
5 August 16, 11:55am
Arguments vs developing NT #natgas involve wild claims unsupported by evidence. Fracking risks are manageable #ntpol https://t.co/Y19QmlDBOs
4 August 16, 10:25am