THE HON MARK BUTLER MP
SHADOW MINISTER CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY
MEMBER FOR PORT ADELAIDE
THE HON JASON CLARE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR RESOURCES AND NORTHERN AUSTRALIA
MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND
IF BARNABY CAN’T PULL THE TRIGGER – FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN
The Turnbull Government should pull the trigger on the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism (ADGSM) today and declare a gas shortfall year, but it seems he won’t while Barnaby Joyce is still Minister.
The Government’s own regulations say the ADGSM should be triggered by 1 September and could restrict the amount of Australian gas exported as LNG and make more gas available to the domestic market, which the Prime Minister claimed would reduce wholesale gas prices by “around half”.
Barnaby Joyce’s eligibility to sit in Parliament won’t be heard by the High Court until mid-October, but Australian families and industry shouldn’t have to wait that long for real action to drive down their energy bills just so the Turnbull Government can save face.
The Prime Minister is putting his in-doubt Deputy ahead of Australian families and businesses. He must stand Barnaby Joyce aside and appoint a Minister who can pull the gas trigger now.
Whilst the cost of gas continues to rise around Australia, power prices continue to cripple the budgets of Australian families and industry.
Malcolm Turnbull is only focused on saving his own job, rather than the jobs of Australians at risk because of high power costs.
Australian businesses are struggling to secure affordable gas to keep their business going and keep their workers working, and Australian families don’t know if they can afford to turn on the lights or use the stove.
Barnaby Joyce needs to get out of the way for a Resources Minister who can at least pull the gas trigger without inviting legal challenge from industry.
The longer he clings to his Ministerial roles, the more uncertainty will undermine Australian industry and Australian families who are looking for urgent action to address the gas crisis.
THURSDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 2017
BENJAMIN GRANGER 02 9790 2466