House debates

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Statements by Members

Oil Exploration: Petroleum Exploration Permit 11

1:36 pm

Photo of Sharon ClaydonSharon Claydon (Newcastle, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

In 10 days time, the lease for Petroleum Exploration Permit 11, PEP 11, will expire. This controversial permit could see oil and gas rigs set up on the coastal waters between Newcastle and Sydney. Unsurprisingly, local communities haven't taken too kindly to the threat of massive drilling rigs along their precious coastline. Together, they have built one of the most extensive and powerful local grassroots campaigns that I have seen in years. Their message has been loud, it is clear and it's gathering momentum every day: PEP 11 is not welcome—not in Sydney, not on the Central Coast and most certainly not in Newcastle.

Currently, there's an application before the minister for resources, Keith Pitt, and his state counterpart to extend PEP 11 for another two years. Minister, on behalf of my community, I say to you: there is only one person who can put an end to this uncertainty, and that's you. You alone have the power of veto in this decision and you alone can ensure the community's wishes are enacted. It's time to listen to the voices of the people. PEP 11 has no place in our waters. Please, Minister, reject this application and put an end to this reckless project once and for all.