Labor gas policy doesn’t even put Queensland first

• Labor sells out Queensland with flawed domestic gas policy
• Labor gas reservation policy rewards southern states for having no gas industry of their own
• Queensland gas will flow south, killing Queensland jobs

The Palaszczuk Government’s gas reservation policy has failed its first test by not even putting the needs of Queensland domestic gas users first and is likely to kill the jobs Labor claims it will create.

LNP Shadow Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said Labor’s policy of reserving Queensland gas resources for Australian domestic users rewarded southern states for failing to produce their own gas supplies.

“How ludicrous that the Queensland gas industry is expected to bail out New South Wales and Victoria because those states have chosen for political reasons not to explore or produce their own gas,” Mr Cripps said.

“Queensland gas users should come first and should not subsidise southern industries which have been abandoned by their own state governments.

“If Queensland gas flows south, that kills jobs in our state.

“The gas shortages State Development Minister Anthony Lynham uses to justify today’s policy could be addressed by Victoria and New South Wales lifting their moratorium on gas exploration and development.

“The LNP would reserve Queensland gas from certain new tenements for Queensland businesses, not window-dress like Labor with a flawed policy that doesn’t put Queensland first.”

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