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Seeney dismisses claims about LNG approvals

THE Queensland Government has dismissed "mistruths" about Gladstone's LNG projects that threatened the jobs of the thousands of residents and Gladstone's community.

A whistleblower is claiming two of Gladstone's LNG projects were signed off without critical cost-benefit analysis, even though it was obvious that gas prices would rise and manufacturing would be the loser.

The revelation comes as a new report by Deloitte Access Economics warns the Australian Manufacturing Industry will experience losses of around $118 billion by 2021 as a result of price hikes for gas caused by a massive gas export push.

Former government worker-turned-whistleblower Simone Marsh said the Queensland land coordinator general signed off on the Gladstone LNG and QGC Qld Curtis LNG projects in 2010 without critical information, despite it being part of the required Environmental Impact Study.

"I am not an economist but even I could see that the projects would have a major impact on gas prices," she said.

The Deloitte Access report, commissioned by the Australian Manufacturing Industry and others, looked at the likely impact of gas exports on domestic gas prices.

National co-ordinator of the Lock the Gate Alliance Phil Laird said the report highlighted the urgent need for national regulation.

"Australia has one of the largest gas reserves in the world, yet we are selling it overseas at the expense of local manufacturers and domestic consumers," he said.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said both the GLNG and QCLNG projects were assessed and approved under the previous government.

"Ms Marsh's allegations about those processes have been fully investigated by the former Crime and Misconduct Commission and dismissed," he said.

Mr Seeney said Lock the Gate's statements demonstrated the lengths it would go to - including spreading mistruths - to shut down gas and coal projects.

"In doing so, they threaten the jobs of tens of thousands of Queenslanders employed in the resources sector and the communities it supports," he said.

Topics:  curtis island, gas, jeff seeney, lng, queensland government, resources



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