Cata­nia says gas con­trols hyp­o­crit­i­cal

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A WA Na­tion­als mem­ber has ac­cused the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment of hypocrisy over changes to gas ex­port reg­u­la­tions and the pro­posed east-west gas pipe­line project.

New reg­u­la­tions al­low­ing the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to im­pose ex­port con­trols on gas com­pa­nies to guar­an­tee do­mes­tic sup­ply will take ef­fect on July 1.

Com­pa­nies which ex­port more from the Aus­tralian mar­ket than they put in will have to ex­plain how they will fill do­mes­tic short­falls.

Malcolm Turn­bull said the “tar­geted, tem­po­rary” re­stric­tions were not ex­pected to ap­ply to West­ern Aus­tralia.

“It is un­ac­cept­able for Aus­tralia to be­come the world’s largest ex­porter of liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas, but not have enough do­mes­tic sup­ply for Aus­tralian house­holds and busi­nesses,” the Primer Min­is­ter said.

Resources Min­is­ter Matt Cana­van said com­pa­nies would be able to choose how they re­spond. Na­tion­als mem­ber for North West Cen­tral Vince Cata­nia said the new reg­u­la­tions were ironic given the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s crit­i­cism of the WA Na­tion­als’ pro­posed $5-atonne spe­cial lease rental.

“Our Prime Min­is­ter and Fed­eral MPs were very quick to crit­i­cise the Na­tion­als WA and our plans to de­velop an al­ter­na­tive rev­enue stream by in­creas­ing the re­source rental fee on the two big min­ers,” he said.

“Now we see that when there is a cri­sis in the east­ern se­aboard of Aus­tralia, they are only too will­ing to change in­ter­na­tional agree­ments and talk about the de­vel­op­ment of na­tion-build­ing projects like an east-west gas pipe­line.

“The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and all of the Lib MPs that rep­re­sent our State are not fo­cussed on de­liv­er­ing a ben­e­fit for WA, rather they are fo­cused on re­turn­ing them­selves to gov­ern­ment in 2019 and they know they can only do this by pan­der­ing to the east-coast vot­ers and their po­lit­i­cal donors.”

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