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16 November 17, 11:45am APPEA CEO Malcolm Roberts addresses the APPEA Taxation & Commercial Conference in Glenelg, South Australia today https://t.co/KwtNGbgnH7
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15 November 17, 9:14am IEA forecasts #natgas to increase its share of global energy mix in coming decades. Australian gas can boost energy… https://t.co/Sn2w2Egcgw
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9 November 17, 11:53am Qld Govt plans for future gas exploration block releases are positive. But gas industry remains concerned about the… https://t.co/lVscjIzC02
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8 November 17, 11:05am 3-month delay to NT fracking inquiry's final report threatens Territory jobs and investment #ntpol https://t.co/xTfUmIZgyq
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Letter to the editor, Centralian Advocate (20 June)
 
It’s no surprise to see The Australia Institute sees no benefit in developing the NT’s natural resources (Centralian Advocate, Letters, 16/6). After all, it has also claimed there were no benefits from the North West Shelf and Snowy Hydro projects.
 
Anti-development groups such as TAI will always argue there are reasons to do nothing.
 
But the truth is the safe and sustainable development of the NT’s onshore gas resources has the potential to deliver real economic benefits.
 
Deloitte Access Economics has found that developing onshore gas could increase NT government revenues by almost $1 billion by 2040 and create up to 6300 jobs.
 
Many of these jobs will go to local businesses, especially in regional areas. This is consistent with the contribution the onshore oil and gas industry has already made in South Australia and in Queensland.
 
The NT fracking inquiry recently commissioned its own economic modelling to evaluate the impact of new gas development. The gas industry respects this process and expects it will deliver an independent and credible analysis.
 
TAI’s work cannot be described in those terms.
 
Matthew Doman
APPEA