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Jobs & investment

Did you know natural gas is a leading player in Australia’s economic story?

The natural gas industry was responsible for an estimated 100,000 Australian jobs last year. This extraordinary effort is underpinned by around $200 billion worth of projects being built across the country right now.

Businesses around Australia depend on this critical industry, which is spending about $1000 every second on new projects. In addition, we’re about to earn an extra $40 billion per year as one of the world’s largest exporters.

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Economic Benefits

Did you know that over the next 20 years, Australia’s natural gas industry has the potential for a further $180 billion in investment and the creation of 150,000 new jobs?

This is on top of the $200 billion investment on new projects currently under construction, which was responsible for an estimated 100,000 jobs last year.

Australia’s natural gas projects will deliver almost $13 billion a year in royalties and taxes by 2020 – that’s an enormous contribution when you consider the $8.8 billion paid by the oil and gas industry in taxes last year was enough to fund more than 7000 new hospital beds, or pay the wages of almost 100,000 nurses.

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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 last year.

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 across Asia, because it is so much cleaner than traditional sources of energy.

Renewable energy sources, such as solar power and wind power cannot provide continuous power generation.

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

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Fraccing report a blueprint for responsible development

20 Jul 2015

When the Northern Territory Government needed an eminent and respected person to conduct a high-profile inquiry into hydraulic fracturing it wisely turned to one of the nation’s most distinguished and decorated public servants. Dr Allan Hawke is the former head of numerous Commonwealth departments and chief-of-staff to Prime Minister Paul Keating, university vice chancellor, Companion […]

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Egypt offers cautionary tale on gas reservation

1 Jul 2015

In June, Australia exported its first liquefied natural gas to Egypt. The shipment is another milestone in the growth of our LNG industry which is transforming Australia into an energy superpower. It is also a cautionary example of how public policies can have perverse results, with lessons for Australia. Egypt has been hailed by advocates of […]

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Australia’s LNG export earnings on the rise

30 Jun 2015

Australia remains on track to become the world’s largest producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) according to the Australian Government’s Resources and Energy Quarterly released today. While overall resources and energy commodity export earnings have declined by 11 per cent in 2014-15 to $174 billion, LNG export earnings are on the rise. The report shows […]

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27 August 15, 11:18am
Respect the science. https://t.co/6IFuU4xaDT
27 August 15, 10:51am
New study highlights economic benefits of NT shale gas http://t.co/oGt9TvfUsM #naturalgas #LNG
26 August 15, 8:03am
Labor conference right to reject domestic LNG reservation policy. http://t.co/V8ZD2VfDqx
27 July 15, 12:16pm
Australia’s GDP and trade balance on the up, thanks to LNG, says ANZ report. http://t.co/CbBPQcEvRH
24 July 15, 12:42pm
Victoria parliamentary inquiry into unconventional gas should support sensible policies based on scientific evidence. http://t.co/4YDk1DV9tU
22 July 15, 8:13am
Good to see. https://t.co/8xGqX95N2s
13 July 15, 10:12am
#APPEA HSE Conference. Formula1 exec Mark Gallagher: F1 tech changes have made street cars safer. Lessons for oil&gas http://t.co/lWJp7tzVM2
10 July 15, 1:58pm
APPEA welcomes Queensland gas action plan http://t.co/za5CBC6o6h
8 July 15, 3:41pm