Business

Australians support saving gas for domestic supply: survey

Gladstone is at the heart of the east coast gas export industry, with three LNG plants being built on Curtis Island.
Gladstone is at the heart of the east coast gas export industry, with three LNG plants being built on Curtis Island.

MANUFACTURERS have claimed that most Australians want a policy of domestic gas reservation and that this would sway voter intentions, a move set to renew the debate over rising gas prices.

Manufacturing Australia has released a survey it commissioned where 35% of people said it was "quite likely" and 13% "extremely likely" that it would sway their decision at the election if a party made a policy pledge on the issue.

Those uncertain stood at 21%.

The survey also showed that 90% of Australians supported some form of government intervention to solve Australia's domestic gas crisis, and more than half (54%) would be in favour of a policy that set aside gas for domestic use.

The survey, which sought responses from 1134 people across Australia between August 15-20, set out to understand the public's attitude towards four multinational gas consortia having unrestricted rights to export Australian gas from the east coast.

Gladstone is at the heart of this industry, with three LNG plants being constructed on Curtis Island. The plants will convert CSG to LNG for overseas export.

"Unrestricted gas exports will lead to gas price hikes for businesses and households, as well as putting at risk almost 200,000 manufacturing-reliant jobs," Sue Morphet, Manufacturing Australia chairman, said.

"Australians will be forced to pay one of the world's highest gas prices, despite having one of the world's largest supplies.

"This survey clearly demonstrates that the gas crisis is a national interest issue that is causing genuine concern among the Australian public."

Manufacturing Australia recently launched its Gas for Jobs campaign to highlight the impact that unrestricted gas exports would have on the Australian manufacturing sector as well as households.

Manufacturers rely heavily on gas, either directly as an ingredient in making plastics and chemicals such as fertiliser, or indirectly as a reliable, effective and affordable source of energy.

"Currently Australia's domestic gas market is broken," Ms Morphet said.

"The multinational oil and gas consortia have under-produced against the forecasts for their lucrative gas export contracts and are struggling to meet their quotas.

"To make up the shortfall, they are securing the vast majority of the available gas on Australia's east coast, leaving us unable to predict how much will be left for domestic use, and will send it to Gladstone where gas container ships will carry Australian gas to lucrative offshore markets."

Manufacturing Australia said it did not oppose the development of an export industry for Australian gas, but argued that a gas export industry should not come at the cost of thousands of jobs and increased energy costs for Australian households.

Do you think a portion of gas produced in Australia should be kept for the domestic market?

This poll ended on 28 September 2013.

Yes - 86%

No - 13%

Not sure - 0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  business csg curtis island federal election 2013 gas gladstone lng



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Rio Tinto throws in $6m for Glastone

HELPING HAND: Damian Morgan, Tina Zawila and Kylie Devine are part of the Here for Business program supported by the Rio Tinto Community Fund.

MINING GIANT throws in a whopping sum for Gladstone locals.

He 'snapped' when his pregnant partner refused sex

Domestic violence and assault is one are of law which the Murwillumbah Local Court deals with.

MAN threatened to kill himself in front of their kids.

Pay rise for Gladstone mayor, councillors

Mayor Matt Burnett.

GLADSTONE'S LEADERS will enjoy watching their pay rise soon.

Local Partners

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with childhood sweetheart

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with ex

Jennifer Lawrence apologises to the people of Hawaii

Jennifer Lawrence sorry for 'offensive' story

Cruz Beckham's single a 'one-off'

He is not planning to launch a full-time music career yet.

Louis Tomlinson's mother dies aged 42

Louis Tomlinson's mother has died.

Star Wars spin off gets green light grom Lucas

Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen star in the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Lucas said to have enjoyed the latest Star Wars spin-off

BOOK REVIEW: The Mask of Command

This narrative from Anicent Rome has it all

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!