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Clean Energy for Australia
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

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Get fracking to save the planet

21 Oct 2016

Gas can help fight climate change without undermining energy security, says a former Greenpeace UK executive director .

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More natural gas vital to Queensland’s electricity generation mix

19 Oct 2016

Queensland Minister for Natural Resources says gas plus renewables is the “perfect co-existence model”. Only gas can supply electricity quickly to meet spikes in demand or falls in intermittent wind and solar output.

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NT fracking inquiry must consider benefits of gas development

11 Oct 2016

Every reputable study confirms that properly regulated gas development is safe. The oil and gas industry will support the inquiry and provide it with factual, complete and relevant information.

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QLD Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham: using #natgas with wind & solar is "perfect coexistence model" https://t.co/DmNOi0L5bD #CSG
20 October 16, 12:09pm
If activists really want to help environment, then let #natgas & #fracking projects proceed: ex-Greenpeace boss https://t.co/xUx6jepUjI #CSG
19 October 16, 2:23pm
Global warming: “#fracking is not the problem but a central part of the answer” former Greenpeace boss https://t.co/xUx6jepUjI #auspol #CSG
19 October 16, 1:22pm
#natgas fights global warming while still keeping the lights on: former Greenpeace UK boss https://t.co/xUx6jepUjI #fracking #auspol #CSG
19 October 16, 12:01pm
Oil & gas industry pays taxes other than PRRT: company & payroll tax, excise &royalties. Effective tax rate over 50% https://t.co/cCYUn8wjW2
18 October 16, 1:11pm
PRRT returns higher when oil/LNG prices high; lower when prices low. Keeps projects viable & fosters new investment. https://t.co/cCYUn8wjW2
18 October 16, 11:32am
Australia must continue to search for new offshore oil fields or risk total dependence on imports. Explore the Bigh… https://t.co/0hEvxscO5S
14 October 16, 2:02pm
#Gas4NT Fact-based information, updates & advocacy for the #natgas industry in the NT. https://t.co/TmKuJmWc9M https://t.co/Och5x4wajp
14 October 16, 1:19pm
Bight #oilandgas still has major economic &energy security potential. Several explorers still assessing Bight #sapol https://t.co/hoHZ1NOdEP
11 October 16, 3:01pm
Great Australian Bight oil and gas exploration withdrawal is a setback for South Australian jobs & economy #sapol https://t.co/hoHZ1NOdEP
11 October 16, 2:54pm