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It’s blackmail: Federal Government threatens to force fracking in return for GST

Lock the Gate Alliance has accused the Federal Government of blackmailing state governments to force them to accept fracking, after Treasurer Scott Morrison threatened to cut GST to states unless they accept gas exploration.

“This is an outrageous move by the Federal Government to blackmail state and territory governments into accepting fracking, regardless of the devastating impact it will have on farmland and water resources,” said Georgina Woods from Lock the Gate Alliance.

“The Turnbull Government is effectively threatening to short-change schools and hospitals in their fervour to give gas fracking giants access to every last square inch of Australia.

“We will be asking for urgent advice as to whether it is lawful for the government to subvert the proper return of tax dollars to states in order to pursue a blatantly political agenda to promote multinational fracking companies.

“This is yet another example of the fracking industry undermining our democratic institutions – even the fair distribution of GST dollars is now being hopelessly compromised by the debasement of our democracy to fossil fuel interests.

“These actions will only make communities across Australia more determined to stand together and defend our land and water against an industry which has no social licence to operate.

“Australians well know that the future is in renewable energy and battery storage, and a strong, value-added agricultural sector, not dangerous and unnecessary fracking,” she said.

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  • Wendy Campbell
    followed this page 2017-06-29 21:34:47 +1000
  • Fleur Grainger
    commented 2017-06-29 19:28:47 +1000
    Ditto below and WATER is our MOST PRECIOUS COMMODITY BOTH NATION & WORLD WIDE – continue to pollute that and the human race will ultimately not survive. Can’t these greedy idiots see there is no point in accumulating piles of money (under the guise of creating jobs – which in reality are only for a small number of ‘chosen’ people anyway) when the process TOTALLY exhausts the nations already rapidly diminishing food bowls with water and ground pollution! Quite simply DON’T OUR FARMERS HAVE ENOUGH TO COPE WITH ALREADY IN CLIMATE CHANGE and what exactly do they think their ‘dirty’ money is ultimately going to buy anyway if there is nothing left to purchase???!!!!!! Remove the food factor and WATER IS still LIFE – you dont need to be a genius to work that one out!!
  • Raven East
    commented 2017-06-29 10:36:16 +1000
    Australia SO needs the Federal anti corruption watchdog! Fracking is an environmentally cruel & politically insidious industry. It’s old-paradigm and ecocidal. This industry never had any ideas on how to manage their pollute water on the surface, let alone underground. Criminal action against life. Fresh water is a prime element and needs all the protection we can give it. When we protect the water, we protect everything. Water is Life.