Taxing times as senators push for gas export limits
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.