Anti-gas activists delight in claiming that rising gas prices in Australia are a result of some kind of conspiracy by gas companies to lift profits.
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has been in the news this week for spending close to $4,000 of taxpayer money to go whale-watching with her 10-year-old daughter.
The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has added its voice to concerns about the escalating cost of energy. New AFGC Chief Executive Tanya Barden has identified rising energy prices as one of the biggest challenges facing AFGC members, which include many of the nation’s major food suppliers.
An energy-intensive recycling plant in South Australia announced it would shut down this week, crippled by skyrocketing power prices.
Queensland Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk grabbed for the political high ground following last week’s Commonwealth announcement of its intention to proceed with LNG export caps if there is a shortage of natural gas on Australia’s East Coast.
The Queensland Government reaction to the Finkel Review of Australia’s energy policy was to assess it as putting the burden on Queensland – and that the sunshine and resources State was up to the challenge.
A long-standing Victorian methanol plant is the latest to shut up shop and move to the United States of America, where gas is cheaper and supply more certain.
The final report of the Finkel Review into the stability and security of the National Electricity Market has confirmed what the gas industry has been saying for years, and in doing say has punctured the indignant and increasingly shrill claims of activist groups.