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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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Fracking moratorium threatens NT’s prosperity

8 Feb 2016

The prospect of a fracking moratorium after this year’s NT election threatens real economic harm to Territorians for no environmental gain. Labor says the science of fracking needs further investigation. But many inquiries and reports from the NT and elsewhere have already concluded any risks associated with fracking can be effectively managed by robust regulation. These […]

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Another Queensland LNG project starts exporting

11 Jan 2016

The Australia Pacific LNG project’s first shipment marks Australia’s arrival as an LNG global superpower, on track to become the world’s biggest exporter of the cleaner energy source in 2018. It also means Queensland now has three operating LNG projects. The LNG tanker carrying natural gas to Asian markets departed Curtis Island over the weekend. […]

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AEMO report confirms long-term role for natural gas

10 Dec 2015

The Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) second annual National Gas Forecasting Report (NGFR) confirms the important role of natural gas in the long-term future of Australia’s east coast energy market. Total consumption is forecast to more than double over the next five years as Queensland’s new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities ramp up production […]

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#LNG exports help eliminate Australia's petroleum trade deficit @EnergyQuest #auspol https://t.co/eUxNLN0G6H
9 February 16, 10:04am
Fracking moratorium threatens Northern Territory's prosperity. https://t.co/w10ywBpE1N
8 February 16, 1:51pm
Narrabri is ‘sick of #CSG protestors’ https://t.co/40Ydw1ScNn #auspol #nswpol
2 February 16, 9:22am
Gladstone Harbour passes full health check https://t.co/UdFzqYOXw5 #LNG #CSG #QLDPol https://t.co/zGHSyYg8sK
1 February 16, 3:26pm
APPEA appoints Mr Chris Lamont as Director Government Relations Eastern Australia https://t.co/TMGKdEnJhs #Auspol #NSWpol #QLDpol #Vicpol
19 January 16, 10:32am
Welcome to @MattDoman as our new SA and NT Director at APPEA #Auspol #NTpol #SApol https://t.co/3Wc1NPluKX https://t.co/NDn0Fnlkqu
19 January 16, 10:23am
Another Queensland LNG project starts delivery, marking Australia’s arrival as a global LNG superpower. #LNG #CSG https://t.co/DpBfneO5LE
12 January 16, 12:14pm
Climate policy should deliver emissions reductions at least cost and onsistent with policies in other areas. https://t.co/oMnBjtanKM
24 December 15, 12:33pm
Productivity Commission recommends new enterprise agreements match the life of greenfields construction projects.https://t.co/vN3MfCEqCq
24 December 15, 9:45am
Oil & gas companies paying fair share in Australian tax. Industry's tax has averaged about 50% of pre-tax profit. https://t.co/XsXvnx0ys3
17 December 15, 5:35pm