Where would you rather see our taxpayer money invested? 

The Government wants to frack, but what does Australia want? 

We’ve put together a letter you can sign below and add your ideas for the Federal Government on what they could do with our hard-earned tax dollars.

Please add your name and give us your ideas for where you’d rather see your tax dollars spent. 

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To Federal Parliamentarians, Ministers, Departments, 

We are alarmed and disappointed to see the Federal Government now rolling out a suite of actions to prop up expensive and dangerous gas fracking across Australia without any proper public accountability.

As voters and concerned Australians, we ask that you hear our message - do not spend our money on gas fracking projects and big new gas pipelines.  

Farmlands, water resources and the climate can’t afford to keep propping up polluting gas. 

It’s time for Australia to grow stronger and tool up to embrace cleaner energy and storage. 

There are a multitude of ways the Government could take a smarter approach to the Covid recovery. The Australian community has many ideas on how we can boost agriculture, tourism, First Nations opportunities, community health and disaster relief. 

We know we can create jobs by genuinely supporting diverse Australian businesses, not throwing our money at the gas fracking industry. 

We see huge opportunities to help Australia to get off polluting and expensive gas into the future, to modernise our power and heating and to save on gas and energy bills. 

I ask that you oppose the measures being rolled out to fast-track gas fracking, including the ill-considered and secretive National Gas Infrastructure Plan, and take on board our ideas for how the money could be better spent. 

Yours sincerely,

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Please add some comments.

What would you rather see money spent on?

Here are some ideas:

  • Helping Australian businesses get off gas
  • Funding community projects in your neighbourhood
  • Land stewardship programs
  • Supporting First Nations organisations and businesses working on country
  • Renewable energy projects and battery storage
  • Disaster relief
  • Dale Curtis
    commented 2021-03-23 15:19:01 +1100
    I haven’t seen any evidence that there is a genuine need for expanded gas operations, except to line the pockets of the gas companies. WE have seen first-hand how renewables are quickly forcing fossil fuels to the background. Why prop up a dying industry? These assets will be stranded, with no return of the millions of dollars handed out – this is a waste to tax-payers. There are so many better options to spend the planned money, with better long-term results economically and environmentally. I am appalled at whet the government is trying to do.
  • Geoff Davies
    commented 2021-03-23 15:18:56 +1100
    There are many reasons NOT to frack and no good reason to frack. We don’t need the energy, storage will replace gas and the planet requires NO MORE FOSSIL FUELS. Fracking destroys groundwater, no matter what they say.
  • Rob Parkes
    commented 2021-03-23 15:18:56 +1100
  • matthew Allison
    commented 2021-03-23 15:18:51 +1100
    In a race for resources this government is sponsoring the constant degradation of our homeland. This is unacceptable for a sustainable future and more development on renewable energy and storage is required as opposed to risking aquifers with gas fracking in the driest habitable continent on this finite Earth
  • Steve Hicks
    commented 2021-03-23 15:18:47 +1100
    Please invest this wasted money into aged care for Australians who have contributed to this country and get very little back in retirement.
  • chris oakden
    commented 2021-03-23 15:18:38 +1100
  • Ian Reynolds
    commented 2021-03-23 15:18:30 +1100
  • Pamela Evans
    commented 2021-03-23 15:18:29 +1100
    Money should be spent at a community level. Covid has shown us that community is where true support comes from
  • helen weight
    commented 2021-03-23 15:18:28 +1100
    Scomo, do not spend taxpayers money on gas unless the majority want it.
  • John Nightingale
    commented 2021-03-23 15:18:17 +1100
    Rather than gifting tax-free money to multinationals based mainly in tax havens such as the Cayman Islands, for activities that will never make a profit or provide taxation receipts to the Australian people, spend you money on activities that will benefit Ausrtalians, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide for your own grandchildren’s future.

    Your current policies will only lead those grandchildren to despise your memory and attempt to forget that you spawned them.
  • Brett Jeffery
    commented 2021-03-23 15:18:08 +1100
  • Richard Marschall
    commented 2021-03-23 15:17:57 +1100
    I’d like to see the government stop subsidizing the fossil fuel industry. I’d like to see them shut down the water thieves. I’d like to see the Australia’s national parks expanded and habitats for endangered and threatened species restored. Upgrading public transport, especially the railroads for both freight and passengers would be very nice.
  • Jacqui Campbell
    commented 2021-03-23 15:17:54 +1100
    We need to remove tax-payer funds from propping up the Gas, Oil and Coal industries and invest that money in renewable energy. This includes the tried and tested wind and solar as well as emerging renewables such as wave power and biomass (not the biomass from cutting down trees though!). Our inaction on moving towards zero emissions is making Australia an international pariah and setting us up for failure.
  • Maree Plummer
    commented 2021-03-23 15:17:47 +1100
  • Paul Wilson
    commented 2021-03-23 15:17:45 +1100
  • Dan R-J
    commented 2021-03-23 15:17:37 +1100
  • David and Vivien Street
    commented 2021-03-23 15:17:34 +1100
  • Ross Hunter
    commented 2021-03-23 15:17:34 +1100
    Money would be better spent elsewhere.
  • Errol Corrie
    commented 2021-03-23 15:17:27 +1100
    The money would be better spent investigating alternative renewable energy projects as well as addressing homelessness and poverty in Australia
  • Gregory Hall
    commented 2021-03-23 15:17:25 +1100
    Propping up a dying industry will only trap it’s owners into more stranded fossil-fuel assets. The Dampier-Bunbury pipeline is to be written off early, as it’s owners can see the (renewable) writing on the wall.

    A corrupt use of public funds, and a fundamental corruption of so-called Liberal free-market principles.
  • Dereka Ogden
    commented 2021-03-23 15:17:19 +1100
    Fracking ruins land and wastes precious water. Gas is a fossil fuel and gives off greenhouse gases and this is why we should not be fracking or burning this gas.
  • Lynn West
    commented 2021-03-23 15:17:04 +1100
  • Kevin Cato
    commented 2021-03-23 15:16:30 +1100
  • Penny Stanford
    commented 2021-03-23 15:16:20 +1100
    All we need is Renewable Energy and Battery Storage.
  • Sara Carroll
    commented 2021-03-23 15:16:12 +1100
  • Caroline Quinlivan
    commented 2021-03-23 15:16:06 +1100
    Renewable energy projects and battery storagr
  • Jill Gordon
    commented 2021-03-23 15:15:50 +1100
    Money for green energy initiatives.

    Reversing mangrove degradation.

    Support indigenous land management groups (more+++)

    Biodiversity for green otpions

    Hydrogen/ solar/ methane capture


    Not coal. Gas. Petrolium. Deforestation.
  • Carl Milton
    commented 2021-03-23 15:15:41 +1100
    It would be wise to spend ‘fracking’ money’ on projects and education that will help prepare Australians to navigate the looming challenges of Advanced AI and algorithms and to adapt to future climate change ramifications.
  • richard Leplastrier
    commented 2021-03-23 15:15:40 +1100
  • Bryn Troath
    commented 2021-03-23 15:15:39 +1100
    Environmentally focused employment projects that hire unemployed people and support landholders to fence off creeks and rivers from stock, provide water points and revegetate with endemic species.

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