O'Dowd questions Labor's NADF funding commitment
THE ALP has announced details on their Northern Australia Development Fund which would replace the LNP's Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.
In Gladstone with Mr Shorten yesterday, Shadow Minister for Trade And Investment and for Resources and Northern Australia Jason Clare said the $5 billion in funding would set aside up to $1.5 billion to unlock gas supply in Queensland's Galilee and Bowen basins and connect the Beetaloo sub-basin to Darwin and the east coast, creating thousands of jobs.
"Jobs here in Gladstone, like at the Orica facility that relies on affordable gas," Mr Clare said.
However Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said Labor had "come late to the party" to support Australia's world-class gas and energy reserves in Northern Australia.
He said the LNP had already allocated $10 million for studies into reliable and affordable energy supplies in Northern and Central Queensland for industrial users and announced almost $9 million for the first stage of the feasibility study for the Beetaloo Basin, among other commitments.
"Right now, it's mainly gas companies building gas pipelines and I don't know why a government would want to get into building them," Mr O'Dowd said.
"But if Mr Shorten is so interested in building such infrastructure, is he also into building railway lines?
"He needs to make a clear, unequivocal statement on the Adani project and why he would be happy to build pipelines but not rail lines," he said.