Feb 20, 2012

Behind the Seams: why coal seam gas is central to Qld election

If the major political parties are both framing the state election as about managing the fruits of prosperity, then the boom in coal seam gas and liquefied natural gas production is at its heart.

Dr Mark Bahnisch

Brisbane-based political analyst and Centre for Policy Development fellow

In formally initiating the Queensland election campaign by asking Governor Penelope Wensley to dissolve parliament yesterday, Premier Anna Bligh remarked that Queensland campaigns are usually characterised by wild cards. They’re also a wild ride.


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8 thoughts on “Behind the Seams: why coal seam gas is central to Qld election

  1. Gavin Moodie

    And yet I suppose that 75% would oppose Indigenous Australian land owners having the right to stop mining and exploration on their land.

  2. Bo Gainsbourg

    Interesting to note that the only legislation in Australia that effectively prevents coal seam gas mining in sensitive wetland areas is the Qld Wild Rivers Act. The act prevents mining close to designated streams and rivers and in sensitive wetlands. Of course Campbell Newman at this stage has apparently committed to tearing up the Wild Rivers Act thus opening up an enormous area of Qld currently effectively protected from CSG to the miners. So at this stage if you are a landholder living near a river, stream or wetland that is protected from the miners the LNP is preparing to metaphorically at least tear down your locked gate. Will be interesting to see how LNP handles the tearing up of the environment department and the Wild Rivers Act and then has to explain to farmers why the miners are getting a 1st class ticket to mine their streams, rivers, and wetland areas.

  3. Bill Hilliger

    Saw a documentary about a year ago about the CSG issue in the US. The farmers had a impressive trick; they could light up the water coming out of a kitchen tap. No doubt many LNP supporters in the country areas will be able to mimic that trick soon. At least Bob Katter has the nous to oppose wanton destruction of ground water supplies. Bob Katter stands for the Queensland country people; the LNP does not.

  4. Coaltopia

    Is this like the 1981 Charles and Diana 50c coin where if you flip it, it still comes up heads?

  5. Ian

    Bill, the US film about gas extraction was called Gasland and everyone should see it regardless of what their current stance on CSG may be.

  6. Ian

    The problem is that whatever the LNP or Labor might promise concerning CSG during the election campaign, they will simply carry on supporting that industry willy-nilly claiming its all about jobs, jobs, jobs.

    Jobs, jobs, jobs – I’m sick of hearing those words. The jobs we should be worrying about are the ones Qantas is going to shed, the ones the banks are going to outsource and the ones the state governments are intent on ditching. Why do we never hear the strident cries about jobs when these workers are cast aside?

    It’s also obvious that neither Labor or the LNP are at all concerned about environmental issues unless it becomes apparent to them that they might lose some seats in parliament if they don’t address or at least pretend to address a serious environmental concern of some sensitive electorates.

  7. Bill Hilliger

    @Ian, agree its all about jobs, jobs, jobs; money, money, moneythat theme works all the time. Its only when the last river, and air polluted beyond redemption; along with no fish left in the sea and a barren landscape will people finally realise you cannot eat or drink money.

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