Tax­ing times as se­na­tors push for gas ex­port lim­its

The West Australian - - FEDERAL POLITICS - ANNABEL HEN­NESSY

A key se­nate cross­bencher whose sup­port Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son needs to pass tax cuts has said he wants the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to in­tro­duce a do­mes­tic gas reser­va­tion pol­icy, which would limit how much gas is ex­ported over­seas.

Cen­tre Al­liance se­na­tor Stir­ling Griff told The West Aus­tralian he be­lieved the Gov­ern­ment was “keen to move” on gas prices and that ac­tion on a gas reser­va­tion pol­icy would be a way of win­ning both Cen­tre Al­liance and Pauline Han­son’s sup­port for tax cuts.

The Coali­tion’s $158 bil­lion tax cut pack­age was in limbo af­ter Se­na­tor Han­son said she was not likely to sup­port it and de­manded the Gov­ern­ment build a coal­fired power sta­tion.

Af­ter last month’s elec­tion, the Coali­tion has 35 Se­nate seats mean­ing it will need the sup­port of at least four of the six cross­bench se­na­tors should La­bor seek to block the tax cuts.

Se­na­tor Griff and his Cen­tre Al­liance col­league Rex Pa­trick have had dis­cus­sions with Fi­nance Min­is­ter Mathias Cor­mann and said they wanted re­as­sur­ances over the Gov­ern­ment’s plans on low­er­ing gas and elec­tric­ity prices be­fore they sup­ported the tax cuts.

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