Senate debates

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Motions

Oil Exploration

4:02 pm

Photo of James McGrathJames McGrath (Queensland, Liberal National Party, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister) Share this | Hansard source

The government does not support the motion. Australia has one of the most robust regulatory regimes in the world for offshore oil and gas. The only long-term way we can protect jobs and ensure energy security is to find new supplies of oil and gas. Exploration in the Great Australian Bight, including seismic surveys, has occurred safely since the 1960s. There are strict safety and environmental standards and the industry is overseen by an independent expert regulator, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority.

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