Frack penalty cops flak

The Observer - - NATION NEWS -

GREEN groups have slammed Trea­surer Scott Mor­ri­son for threat­en­ing to fi­nan­cially pe­nalise state and ter­ri­tory govern­ments if they limit frack­ing or other gas ex­plo­ration.

Mr Mor­ri­son has warned the states a Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion in­quiry into GST dis­tri­bu­tion will take into ac­count their re­sponses to nat­u­ral re­sources, The Aus­tralian has re­ported.

GetUp’s Miriam Lyons ac­cused the Turn­bull govern­ment of threat­en­ing the states with cuts to schools and hos­pi­tals “in or­der to give its mates in the gas in­dus­try free rein over our land and wa­ter”.

“The Coali­tion is us­ing ev­ery trick in the book to prop up pol­lut­ing en­ergy from last cen­tury, now even us­ing fund­ing for schools and hos­pi­tals as a threat,” she said.

“It’s out­ra­geous and the com­mu­nity won’t stand for it.

“They’ve al­ready lost the ar­gu­ment on frack­ing.

“Ev­ery­day Aus­tralians aren’t al­lowed to ex­tract wealth from wher­ever they want at the ex­pense of our land, air and wa­ter – and nei­ther should greedy gas cor­po­ra­tions.

“If the Turn­bull govern­ment was se­ri­ous about re­duc­ing power prices it would em­brace re­new­ables.”

Green­peace Aus­tralia spokes­woman Nikola Ca­sule said it was an­other ex­am­ple of the will­ing­ness of the Fed­eral Govern­ment to use public money to sup­port the “de­struc­tive and selfish fos­sil fuel in­dus­try”.

Ge­orgina Woods from anti-coal seam gas group Lock the Gate Al­liance said: “This is an out­ra­geous move by the Fed­eral Govern­ment to black­mail state and ter­ri­tory govern­ments into ac­cept­ing frack­ing, re­gard­less of the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact it will have on farm­land and wa­ter re­sources.”

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