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Scott Morrison vows to end all state bans on gas exploration

Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Prime Minister Scott Morrison

The nation’s top advocate has made it his mission to allow controversial types of gas exploration in all states and territories.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is fed up with state and territory governments continuing to ban certain types of gas projects, and partly blames the lack of gas supply for causing the cost of electricity to skyrocket.

“I want to see those bans go,” the PM told the Nine Network in a televised interview. “I want to see that gas come out from under people’s feet because when it does that means it takes the pressure off electricity prices.”

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As it stands the Victorian Government is permanently banning fracking, South Australia approved legislation to ban the extraction method in the state’s southeast for 10 years while New South Wales has several restrictions already in place.

Although the Tasmanian Government is temporarily banning gas exploration through a moratorium, the Western Australian Government is widely tipped to remove its moratorium on gas fracking sometime before the end of August.

The Northern Territory is the only territory that lifted its temporary fracking ban back in the year 2018 while Queensland is the only state that allows gas exploration.

‘Watch this space’

When asked about the possible timing for an end to the bans, Morrison indicated the industry should just wait and see.

“Watch this space,” he said.

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