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Opinion: time for State Governments to carry the gas can

ERIC Director Steve Wright comments on the responses of the NSW and Victorian Governments to calls for the removal of State bans on gas exploration and development.

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Amidst the headlines, calls grow to unlock the gate

Amidst the headlines this week about forecast shortfalls in domestic gas supplies, there are some pointers from regulators and policymakers to the impacts that state-based moratoria on onshore gas exploration and development are having on supply availability.

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Green subsidies costing a heap, we need more gas

If the chairman of the ACCC, Mr Rod Sims is right, then Australia is about to take the almost unprecedented step of interfering with export contracts to redirect gas to the domestic market.

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Protesters told to mind their own business

In contrast to the claims of protesters, not everyone is opposed to fossil fuels. The majority of Australians rely on coal and gas-fired electricity to run their businesses, heat their homes and keep the lights on.

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Federal Labor looks to gas, and so does AGL

Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten has increased pressure on Victorian Labor with a strong endorsement for natural gas as a key element in solving eastern Australia’s power problems.

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Anti-gas tide turning in Victoria?

Victoria’s irrational anti-gas stance may be starting to crack. This week the Federal Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, urged Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to “turn on the gas taps”, as The Australian put it.

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Tassie knocks back fracking ban

An attempt to place a permanent moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing in Tasmania was voted down by the state government on Wednesday.

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Renewables “secure 24/7” – Really?!

Organisations like the Australia Institute and the Climate Council never miss a chance to attack fossil fuel energy and promote the cost and reliability merits of renewable energy.

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Natural gas now acknowledged as central to meeting energy supply challenges

The merging of the East Coast gas supply crunch with the electricity price and reliability issue is now well established in the public discussion. Political argument has linked the two and public commentary has comprehensively done so as well.