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

APPEA supports Queensland moves to boost gas development

18 Apr 2017

A constructive approach proposed by Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham, would see the state and Commonwealth governments working with gas producers to boost supply.

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Natural gas – an essential commodity

6 Apr 2017

Natural gas underpins our standard of living and our way of life. Every day you use gas-fired power, as well as products that are made using natural gas and petroleum by-products.

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A fix could be in the pipeline

3 Apr 2017

A gas pipeline from the Northern Territory to South Australia could help solve eastern Australia’s energy crisis. But to make such a pipeline viable, the NT would have to lift its fracking moratorium.

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More gas, not less, is the way to reduce emissions. Climate Council out of step with research & real-world results… https://t.co/keoNgADqd4
20 April 17, 11:37am
Higher taxes on gas would cut gas production, push prices higher & cost Australian jobs #auspol #energysecurity https://t.co/QbR0ZiEBCu
19 April 17, 8:34am
AiGroup’s half-baked policies would cut investment in gas projects. Don't put in new barriers to expanding supply https://t.co/URnbVSbyq8
18 April 17, 5:55pm
Constructive politics: QLD minister proposes state & Commonwealth work with gas producers to increase supply #auspol https://t.co/U2iN4eoXZB
18 April 17, 9:21am
QLD is working to address concerns about domestic gas supply. Other state govts must also act to increase gas supply https://t.co/SFP1WwSQPT
6 April 17, 2:20pm
Senate Committee rejects Greens bid to ban #oilandgas operations in Bight. SA can have sustainable offshore industry https://t.co/vuUMDpJkUi
30 March 17, 6:42pm
Gorgon LNG 3rd train now producing gas for domestic & export markets. Gorgon can produce up to 15.6mtpa LNG plus 30… https://t.co/vPUZ12AcjK
28 March 17, 1:59pm
Eastern Australia #natgas shortage due largely to moratoria - not exports: ACCC boss Rod Sims. #CSG @Yes2Gas #ntpol https://t.co/ffKkMq9GsM
28 March 17, 10:11am
Tokyo Gas residential prices 35% more than Oz residential prices https://t.co/dQpiu663WD The industry does pay tax… https://t.co/LdppDzYScS
27 March 17, 6:12pm
1. Aus gas is cheaper than in Japan. You must compare like with like. West compares Aus spot prices with Japanese l… https://t.co/yiQEooUJG3
27 March 17, 4:19pm