The scramble to appease the noisy minority continues through the election.
For example, the Katter Australia Party’s (KAP) confused position on natural gas production and calls for protectionist policies that disappeared in the late 1970s only serve to put jobs at risk.
It’s clear the KAP does not approve of an industry that currently employs about 30,000 people in Queensland and has, since 2011, contributed more than $100 million to regional community organisations, projects and charities.
“The coal seam gas industry employs nobody. There are no jobs, no tax revenue and the profits boomerang back to foreign corporations. So what does Australia get out of it?…” (Bob Katter – media release 13 March 2013)
What’s not clear is the reasoning behind such a confused policy.
On one hand KAP opposes natural gas development, yet at the same time, calls for the reservation of domestic gas supplies for Queensland households and industries?
Either natural gas is important for the economy, or it is not.