House debates

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Questions without Notice

Flinders Electorate: Natural Gas

3:07 pm

Photo of Julia BanksJulia Banks (Chisholm, Independent) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister for the Environment. Minister, I refer to the proposed AGL project for a floating gas import terminal at Crib Point, Western Port Bay, and a 55-kilometre pipeline through marine wetlands in the seat of Flinders. The current member for Flinders has stated that he opposes the project. Does the minister agree with the member for Flinders, and has the member for Flinders made any representations to the minister to stop this AGL project and save Western Port?

3:08 pm

Photo of Melissa PriceMelissa Price (Durack, Liberal Party, Minister for the Environment) Share this | | Hansard source

I thank the member for her question. The Crib Point gas port projects are intended to provide a cost-effective, secure supply of natural gas to south-eastern Australia by importing LNG from Australian and international markets. The current proposals are being thoroughly assessed for impacts to matters protected under the national environment law, such as the Western Port Ramsar wetland threatened and migratory species. Once the assessment is finalised, separate decisions on whether or not to approve the proposals will be made by the Victorian and Commonwealth governments. Thank you for your question.