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Gasfield Free Northern Rivers campaigners have hit back at a threat from treasurer Scott Morrison to cut the GST distribution for state and territory governments if they push back against unconventional gas exploration, known as fracking.

Mr Morrison has warned state governments the Productivity Commission will be considering its attitude towards the controversial gas extraction industry – particularly any moratoriums or limits on the practice – in its review of the goods and services tax distribution.

‘This is a direct threat to the Northern Rivers,’ Annie Kia for Gasfield Free Northern Rivers said.

‘It’s an abuse of federal power. This shows contempt for communities here and around Australia that have fought to protect themselves from invasive gasfields.’

‘The Treasurer’s statement is shocking because there’s strong evidence that unconventional gasfields are risky. Last year, 685 scientific studies were reviewed and most showed risks to water, air and health. This is serious. Should communities like ours be forced to become sacrifice zones?’

Peter Nielsen, a farmer from Bentley and a National Party member said, ‘We all know there is no gas shortage’.

‘The problem is it’s all being exported overseas forcing our prices up and creating a domestic shortage.

‘The right wing of the coalition is pandering to the gas cartel and their large donations. Fracking risks the productivity and sustainability of farming …it’s proven to be an unsafe gamble yet our government will not respect the people’s wishes.’

Bentley resident Rosemary Joseph said she was ‘gobsmacked’.

‘It’s like Scott Morrison has found his inner Putin. I can’t believe the Treasurer said this, and that the Coalition has allowed him to say this.  We call on Federal representative and National Party member Kevin Hogan to speak out against this new extortion approach to GST allocation’.

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  1. Did you know that these international mining companies are given an exemption from the Goods and Services Tax ( GST ).

  2. Well, so much for the Gas-field Free Northern Rivers! And it appears Scott Morrison’s our Aussie Putin-Trump package. What to do? First off, if you’re not sure how ‘Fracking’ (hydraulic fracturing) works have a peep at the internet & look up ‘3 Ways to Destroy the Universe’ plus ‘Fracking Explained in a Nutshell’. England’s [BBC report]
    Labour Party has called for a moratorium. That makes sense. Fracking for either oil or gas is ‘toxic’ long term. The U.S. [stupidly] has allowed the cartels the right to fracture over one-million-times. Sad it is as people are getting sicker by the day & farmers are leaving in droves. Meantime, back in Oz, the GST is used as a weapon.
    Not nice.

  3. That is absolute disgrace that the government is going to hold the state to ransom .Shame on them, they do not care about people or what happens on the land to animals and plants. I also hope the national party member speaks out about it.

  4. “Fracking” is not a synonym for “unconventional” gas exploration {whatever that is}. Frac’ing is short for hydraulic fracturing, which is the use of fluid pressure to crack rock to increase flow out of it. About 90% of CSG – coal seam gas – is produced by de-watering coal, which is obviously not fraccing. CSG is an Australian thing, not much done elsewhere & Australia should stop using “fracking” to describe CSG production, as it confuses matters elsewhere.

  5. This simply shows the feds are hand in hand with the frackers who are hell bent on destroying the nations water supplies and farm lands..the situation in South Australia is a fracking and underground coal gas (UCG) very much in bed with the ALP – this is where Australia constitution and the peoples common law rights are being wiped out of existence – in the case of the Leigh Creek Energy Project in SA, it appears to be a distraction from the big fracking game happening over the Artesian basin..the Cooper Basin…watch Pilgers Australia and you will see that all OZ governments have been under the control of the US since the 70s, its time that we all stop voting and start acting locally to protect the land before OZ becomes a wasteland.


  6. Yetypu, I reckon a spade’s a spade & I call it one. It may just help the issue of Coal Seam Gas [I’m aware of how
    it’s done] & its so called percentages if people go check the record pronto. How about we all do this search on
    1/. The Santos CSG Moomba explosions. 2/. The Sidoarjo Mud Flow East Java & the 10,000 displaced people. 3/. The Groundwater Contamination S.A. 4/. The Pilliga CSG Wastewater Spill N.S.W. 5/. The Uranium Contamination of Narrabri Aquifer N.S.W. And that’s just for starters.

  7. @Stefanie Bennett. Just seen your reply.
    • Santos CSG Moomba – not hydraulic fracturing;
    • Sidoarjo Mud Flow East Java – most definitely not hydraulic fracturing;
    • Groundwater Contamination S.A – not hydraulic fracturing;
    • Pilliga CSG Wastewater Spill – not hydraulic fracturing. CSG de-watering does bring a lot of water to the surface, obviously – but that is not fraccing, which is pumping water into, not out of, wells;
    • Uranium Contamination of Narrabri Aquifer – not hydraulic fracturing.

    That may be “starters”, but where is the destination? What is your point? A spade may be a spade, but CSG production or exploration is not fraccing.


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