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Palaszczuk Government calls on PM to clear gas cloud

The Palaszczuk Government has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to clarify his two-bob-each way position on gas exports and domestic supply.

State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said Mr Turnbull lauded Queensland’s $70 billion LNG industry just two years ago, but now he was trying to blame exports for the looming east coast gas shortage.

“Two years ago, Queensland was a world leader in CSG knowledge and technology (https://www.malcolmturnbull.com.au/media/speech-to-lng-18-conference)yet now Mr Turnbull wants to strip that industry of its exports as a dodgy solution to supply issues,” Dr Lynham said.

“The solution to supply issues is to increase supply, and that’s what Queensland has been doing.

“We’ve got highly prospective gas acreage in the Surat Basin being developed for gas supply to the domestic market only, and more land on offer.

“This week construction will start on the $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline to bring Northern territory gas to the North West, and potentially further down the track, to the east coast.

“Queensland continues to do the heavy lifting on gas policy.

“Mr Turnbull should note the report of his chief scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO, and have other states lift their gas bans – starting with his gas-rich home state of New South Wales.”

Speaking from Maryborough as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Governing from the Wide Bay initiative, Dr Lynham said industry was strongly supportive of the government’s gas policy initiative.

“Both the Queensland Resources Council and APPEA have publicly supported our efforts.

“Where does the Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd stand on this important issue of energy security?”

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