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Shale gas in Australia
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

NT fracking inquiry delay threatens jobs and investment

8 Nov 2017

The Northern Territory is unlikely to see any significant investment in onshore gas projects next year following a decision by the independent inquiry into hydraulic fracturing to delay its final report by three months.

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New report confirms benefits of NT onshore gas development

30 Oct 2017

Shale gas development in the Northern Territory would deliver new jobs, local contracts and increased government revenue, according to an independent economic analysis.

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One Nation’s tax grab is dangerous

11 Oct 2017

One Nation move to use its power in the Senate to press for a new federal royalty on offshore oil and gas projects is a bad idea at the worst possible time.

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QLD must cut red tape. Regulation accounts for 37% of gas exploration costs & almost 10% of all costs over a projec… https://t.co/IhXPomP1PL
20 November 17, 5:57am
APPEA CEO Malcolm Roberts addresses the APPEA Taxation & Commercial Conference in Glenelg, South Australia today https://t.co/KwtNGbgnH7
16 November 17, 11:45am
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15 November 17, 9:14am
Qld Govt plans for future gas exploration block releases are positive. But gas industry remains concerned about the… https://t.co/lVscjIzC02
9 November 17, 11:53am
3-month delay to NT fracking inquiry's final report threatens Territory jobs and investment #ntpol https://t.co/xTfUmIZgyq
8 November 17, 11:05am
First cargo leaves Wheatstone LNG: latest project in an unprecedented #LNG development wave delivering enduring ben… https://t.co/3sDUuzvbEa
1 November 17, 7:49am
NT shale gas production would boost jobs, local contracts & govt revenue: independent economic analysis https://t.co/iPTeGUt30u
30 October 17, 10:50am
Memo to NSW & VIC govts. WA gas pipeline an costly fix for east coast supply issues. Local gas is always cheaper. https://t.co/9ueAlL0oz6
30 October 17, 10:46am
QLD LNG industry supplies domestic #natgas market, while NSW & Victoria fail to support gas development. #auspol https://t.co/ufJ9EE9GfJ
26 October 17, 2:45pm
APLNG to supply a further 41PJ of gas to east coast market. Will cover 2/3 of forecast 2018 gas supply shortfall. https://t.co/ufJ9EE9GfJ
26 October 17, 2:32pm