(Cairns... Far North Queensland)
Natural Gas Resources
It is becoming increasing clear that the Federal Government does not want to talk about the amount of taxation (or lack thereof) that is contributed to this country by multinationals. It is of significant concern to the man in the street that foreign companies, who have a strangle hold on Australian business and income generation in the country, are failing to contribute adequately to taxation revenue.
This point is illustrated by the fact that the Australian Prime Minister has signed an 'Agreement in Principle' with South Pacific Pipeline Company Pty. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the multinational 'Chevron Asiatic Limited', to construct a gas pipeline from Papua New Guinea for the express purpose of feeding natural gas to power generation and industrial plants from Townsville to Gladstone.
The two most important questions are:
The Federal Government must tell Australians, but more particularly Queenslanders, why the government does not further develop the South West Queensland Gas fields instead? The South West Queensland basins currently supply natural gas to New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland with pipelines extending to Gladstone and Mt Isa.
Australians in Rural and Regional Queensland are screaming for jobs and our Federal Government promotes international employment!
Imagine the chaos that would be created for Queenslanders should something untoward occur, in relation to the continuity of supply of gas being IMPORTED into Queensland. It would, unquestionably, have an unprecedented effect on the State's already antiquated power resources. In short, it WILL shut off power supply to over 60% of Queensland.
There is no way that the Queensland Independents would allow anything like this ill-conceived proposal to proceed any further. Is it any wonder that the man in the street, who has only distrust for the party machines that control this country, ask, "Are the multinationals funding and controlling the Australian political parties?"
The GST simply reduces even further the amount of tax that they (the multinationals) will contribute to this Country's tax revenue. As the GST is shifting the taxation base of this Country, then it seems appropriate that the GST (or preferably implement the National Debit Tax Concept) will be applied to PROFITS before going offshore from Australia.
The International Tax Agreement Act - 1953 MUST be rescinded NOW.
The tragedy which faced Victoria's Hospitals, Aged Care Facilities, Industry, Business and over 1.5 million homes as a result of the natural gas disaster, is an REAL example of the consequences that CAN occur to Queenslanders who may be forced into depending on natural gas being IMPORTED into Australia.
Queensland - Energy and Gas
Gas is abundant.
Queensland has large reserves of coal seam methane. Supplies are expected to last at least several hundred years (200/300 years) at current rates of gas consumption. A 21-km pipeline from the Moura mine to the Duke Energy Queensland Pipeline was commissioned in December 1995. Coal seam methane was supplied for the first time in February 1996.
Gas in Queensland.
As well, Brisbane was the first Australian capital city to complete the conversion from towns' gas to natural gas. Reticulation began when the pipeline from Roma to Brisbane was officially opened on 17 March 1969.Current and proposed outlets in Queensland.
Roma, Dalby, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Gladstone and Rockhampton regions. Pipelines from Ballera to Wallumbilla and Mt Isa have been built and construction of a new pipeline from Gatton to Gympie to commenced in 1998. Other pipelines are proposed from Injune to Petrie and Gladstone to Bundaberg.
See: Queensland Map
Australia - Energy and Gas
Australia became a natural gas exporter in 1989 and in 1996-97 exported 400 PJ of LNG, worth $1.5 billion (fob). LNG exports were Australia's third largest energy export in 1996-97.
Australia first exported Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Japan in 1989 and since then has become a major exporter, earning over $1.5 billion (fob) annually. Japan, Spain, Turkey and South Korea buy Australian LNG. Woodside Petroleum Limited operates a domestic gas supply plant and major natural gas liquefaction and export facility on the North West Shelf of Western Australia near Karratha, Australia's largest single resource development project.
Reserves of natural gas have grown much faster than crude oil reserves. In 1970 world natural gas reserves were estimated at 50 percent of oil equivalent reserves; they now constitute over 90 percent of oil equivalent reserves.
In Australia natural gas reserves are more than three times oil reserves.
Natural gas production in Australia comes from major basins, which include:
Natural gas is clean, economical and safe, and in Australia is an abundantly available form of energy. Natural gas consists mainly of the hydrocarbon methane. Natural gas provides substantial environmental and economic benefits to Australia.
Natural gas is Australia's fastest growing energy source - accounting for 17.6% of primary energy use. Natural gas is expected to provide more than 20% of Australias primary energy supply by the year 2000.
Australia is well endowed with energy resources, including substantial demonstrated reserves of coal, natural gas, uranium and, to a lesser extent, crude oil and LPG. As well, there are renewable sources such as Hydro-electricity and solar.
Natural gas is Australia's fastest growing energy source.
Over the last 25 years it has become Australia's third largest source of energy after oil and coal. By the year 2000, it is expected that more than 20 percent of Australia's primary energy will be supplied by natural gas.
If you look at final energy used, and exclude the transport sector (overwhelmingly oil-based), then gas supplies are almost a third of Australia's household and industry energy.
Australian natural gas prices are among the lowest of the OECD countries.
Gas is a major Australian industry which makes an important contribution to economic development, investment and employment, with:
The amount of money the gas industry will invest in new field production, pipelines and other infrastructure in the next ten years is equivalent to holding three Olympic Games.
Natural gas is a valuable Australian energy resource. Its widespread availability increases energy security for Australia by providing a major fuel to complement other existing and renewable energy sources.
WHY would any Australian parliamentarian, Federal or State government representative, even contemplate the IMPORTATION of natural gas into Australia, given the resources detailed on the maps provided herein?
Written and Authorised by Selwyn Johnston, Cairns FNQ 4870