A recent report from the German non-profit Climate Analytics argues against “any new gas development in Western Australia based on unconventional resources” claiming that due to “their sheer scale” such development would single-handedly “undermine…the world’s efforts to meet the Paris Agreement’s climate goals.”
While most West Australians have come to terms that their Government is running a second inquiry into hydraulic fracturing – all at the taxpayers’ expense mind you – we were surprised to see that many of the issues and concerns raised in the Government’s Issues Paper have already been detailed in several previous scientific reports and inquiries.
Western Australia’s gold mining industry is currently up in arms at what it describes as a “jobs and project destroying’ planned 50% hike in the production royalty it pays to the State.
In this letter to the West Australian newspaper, ERIC Director Steve Wright sets the record straight on some alarmist claims about supposed health impacts from the gas industry.
The West Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston announced in the Legislative Assembly yesterday that the Government has implemented its election commitment to ban fracking for existing and future petroleum titles in the South West, Peel and Perth metropolitan regions.
Victoria’s irrational ban on natural gas development was the focus of some sobering comment from leaders in manufacturing this week – including one of Victoria’s biggest business dynasties.
The CWA has performed a valuable role in rural Australia for decades, but it’s not a scientific organisation, so its decision in WA to vote for a ban on fracking needs some scrutiny.
Imagine if unemployment benefits were paid without the recipient having to even try to find a job. There would likely be a lot more ‘comfortable inertia’. It may be a surprise to some to learn that the way the goods and services tax (GST) operates is not dramatically different.