Senate debates

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Motions

Coal Seam Gas Mining

12:37 pm

Photo of Anne RustonAnne Ruston (SA, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific) Share this | Hansard source

The findings of Western Australia's independent scientific inquiry confirmed that hydraulic fracking is safe and that the risks are low and manageable, consistent with 17 previous inquiries around Australia. The government's consistent position, supported by the Chief Scientist and the CSIRO, is that unconventional gas can be extracted in an environmentally sustainable way if states adopt a scientific and evidence based approach. Unconventional gas from Queensland's CSG industry plays a vital role in supplying east-coast and southern gas markets. Unscientific bans lead to higher prices and lost manufacturing and cost jobs. This motion confirms that the Greens are an anti-science party, peddling fear and misinformation instead of facts and analysis.

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