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Jeremy Buckingham & Anthony Roberts on Richard Glover ABC 702

24 April 2014

Jeremy Buckingham & Anthony Roberts on Richard Glover ABC 702 talking about IPART’s decision to raise gas prices by 17.6%.

Listen to the audio here.

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Coal Seam Gas, Media

Energy Minister Roberts lies about IPART gas price report

23 April 2014

 MEDIA RELEASE - 23 April 2014

The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham accused the Energy Minister, Anthony Roberts, of lying about the proposed gas price increases determined by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

Minister Roberts’ press release states: “Mr Roberts said that nearly a third of the proposed increase is due to the Carbon Tax, with families left to pay for Labor’s refusal to abolish the tax.”

Page 5 of the IPART report has a table (reproduced below) that clearly shows the carbon price contributing just 0.1 – 1.1% to gas prices in 2014/15.

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The IPART Fact Sheet – Changes in regulated gas retail prices from 1 July 2014 states: “All 3 Standard Retailers have included the legislated increase in the carbon price from 1 July 2014. This accounts for a very small share of the increase in prices in 2014/15.” (page 2)

Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916

Consumers should not pay more  for gas because of exports

Coal Seam Gas, Media

Consumers should not pay more for gas because of exports

23 April 2014

MEDIA RELEASE - 23 April 2014

The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today said that households and business should not be forced to pay more simply because largely foreign owned gas consortiums prefer to export gas to Asian markets than supply Australian gas customers.  He said a national interest test should be applied to ensure Australian gas consumers and manufacturers are not adversely affected by gas price hikes. CSG well Pilliga

IPART have made it crystal clear that gas price increases are due to the move to export LNG from the east coast.  The gas supply issue is entirely artificial and should be resolved by proper regulation in the national interest, such as a domestic gas reservation,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“No other country in the world would allow its households and manufacturing to be crippled by unrestricted gas exports.  Australian governments can no longer just leave it to the market, because the market is failing the national interest.

“Premier Mike Baird needs to raise this matter urgently with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and COAG. Australia needs leadership that stands up to the big gas exporters and defends households and businesses against a massive market failure.

“Coal seam gas is not the answer.  The pursuit of CSG will have virtually no impact on the international price.  Neither the government nor the gas companies should use these price hikes as an excuse to let coal seam gas threaten our land, water and communities.

“The $150 – $225 increase to the typical household is unjustified and will go straight into the pockets of the large gas companies, while they divert gas supplies to the export terminals at Gladstone.

“It is unfair that families, pensioners and small business should have to pay more for gas simply so companies such as PetroChina, Petronas (Malaysia), Kogas (Korea), British Gas, Shell (Netherlands), Total (France), ConocoPhillips (USA), Sinopec (China), Santos, and Origin can make large profits through their export LNG consortiums,” he said.

Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916

Coal mine vertical

Coal Mining, Coal Seam Gas, CSG, Media, Mining

Minister should suspend all mining arbitrations after admission the system is broken

15 April 2014

MEDIA RELEASE - 15 April 2014

Coal mine verticalThe Greens NSW spokesperson mining Jeremy Buckingham today welcomed the NSW Governments announcement of an independent review into mining arbitration arrangements and called on the Resources and Energy Minister to suspend all ongoing arbitrations until the review and the government’s response is concluded.

“This is an admission by the government that the current mining arbitration system is broken and the Minister must immediately suspend all ongoing arbitrations until the review and the government’s response is concluded” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“The Greens have been calling for comprehensive reform of arbitration for some time and welcome this announcement.

“The guiding principle for the review must be that when it comes to land access arrangements, landholders and the environment must be in no worse off condition as a result of the exploration and mining.

“The cost and risk of land access, arbitration and exploration must also be borne wholly by the mining companies.

“We must also remember that this review is no more than tinkering at the edges and that a fair and proper process will not be in place until the government stands up to the mining lobbyists and enshrines in legislation the right of landholders to say no to mining on their land.”

Contact: Jack Gough – 9230 2470 or 0427 713 101

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