Recent research casts doubt on the assumption that coal seam gas is a clean fossil fuel that will serve as a transition to renewable energy sources, writes Robert Merkel.
The issue? Mining coal seam gas in agricultural areas. The conflict? Balancing food security and energy security, writes FAQ Research's Dr Tina Hunter.
Three areas of risk are particularly relevant to negotiating wicked risks: calculated risk, perceived risk and political risk, writes FAQ Research's Professor Roger Jones.
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.