SOMETIMES you really have to wonder about the antenna of our state politicians.
Australia is in the grip of an energy crisis. Power bills have gone through the roof and businesses are hitting the wall. Worse still, regulators this week warned of an extraordinary gas shortfall on the east coast next year.
There’s plenty of blame to go around, but somehow our state leaders shirk responsibility. They appear on factory floors and talk about jobs as if power prices have nothing to do with them. For years they have been gripped by fear on coal seam gas (CSG), terrified by the political pressure from green groups, some farmers and broadcaster Alan Jones. Siding against CSG has been a safe bet until now, but the political ground is shifting.
This week’s reports from the Australian Energy Market Operator and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission should be a wake-up call. The east coast is facing a severe gas shortfall. The biggest reason for this