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. 


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,


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
  • 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.
  • Glenn Warwick
    commented 2021-03-23 15:15:39 +1100
    Don’t waste taxpayers’ money on projects which will damage the future of the world, and of Australia. Of course, I am talking about money-down-the-pit when discussing fracking. Spend the money instead on renewables and sustainable agriculture.
  • Maggie Storey
    commented 2021-03-23 15:15:25 +1100
    We must spend money on renewable energy and retraining the workers who may be made redundant as a result of the shift away from fossil fuels. Water contamination has been one of the biggest environmental concerns of fracking and where some of the most egregious incidents have occurred. A years-long piece of research by the US Environmental Protection Agency concluded in 2016 that in some cases fracking had harmed drinking water supplies. Earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing have been another big concern. Other local concerns listed by fracking critics include industrialisation of rural areas, noise from lorries and the air pollution impact from flaring, when excess gas is burned off.

    The big picture issue, of course, is climate change. Fracking advocates have argued the technology is good for global warming because, at least in the US, gas has been displacing coal in the power mix.

    But that coal is usually still burned elsewhere in the world, meaning fracking is simply adding to fossil fuel supplies – and the stock of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Not Rocket Science.

    Condensed from an article in the Guardian
  • Peter Blackband
    commented 2021-03-23 15:15:22 +1100
  • David Williams
    commented 2021-03-23 15:15:16 +1100
  • Bronwen Evans
    commented 2021-03-23 15:15:04 +1100
    I want time, effort and money put into a just transition. Many people currently working in the fossil fuel industry will need retraining and support finding a new job.
  • Barrie Barkla
    commented 2021-03-23 15:15:02 +1100
    I would prefer to see the money invested in land stewardship programmes.


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