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
  • Barry Healy
    commented 2021-04-05 17:36:34 +1000
  • Betty McGrady
    commented 2021-04-05 16:50:54 +1000
  • Helen Walker-Cook
    commented 2021-04-05 09:38:28 +1000
  • Elizabeth Barrett
    commented 2021-04-05 09:26:59 +1000
    It is far better to see public money spent on land stewardship to help farmers better manage their responsibilities towards the environment and species loss as well as better supporting renewable energy and battery storage
  • Gregory O'Flaherty
    commented 2021-04-05 07:04:10 +1000
    Join the real World and listen to Science !
  • Marika Richter
    commented 2021-04-05 06:13:38 +1000
    Supportimg manufacturing in Australia.
  • Sue Abbott
    commented 2021-04-04 23:06:13 +1000
    By destroying nature as you will do with this crazy suite of actions you will be destroying humanity – we are nature.
  • Greg Rossiter
    commented 2021-04-04 20:06:45 +1000
    The science is there to understand and use, please wake up to common sense before it is too late!
  • Anthony O'Donnell
    commented 2021-04-04 16:50:27 +1000
  • Beverley McIntyre
    commented 2021-04-04 13:42:06 +1000
    I cannot understand the government’s obsession with gas and other fossil fuels as though gas was an improvement to coal .Solar and wind are so available in this country!
  • Shana Simon
    commented 2021-04-04 09:56:09 +1000
    This is an ancient land and its wealth is for all to live with not for a few to destroy for a financial gain!
  • Jessie Scott
    commented 2021-04-04 08:33:03 +1000
    Focusing on creating social enterprise to address the issues being felt by local communities – doing any of this requires clean air, food and water – mines and fracking totally destroys this!

    Substation 33 is a fantastic example – helping people with intellectual disabilities, reusing e waste, creating flood warning systems, replacing kerosene for light and cooking overseas with batteries for light and recharging phones from e waste – earning money for other projects through YFS, developing community and allowing them to contribute to their own health, wealth and state of being is much better than reduced to numbers draining funds from working people, piles of rubbish poisoning our environment in a denuded dead landscape.

    Should have people on the committee who have shown they are committed to developing community and shown innovation to improving our environment – money being paid to politicians has no part in that process!

    As being shown in the media recently, corruption is running the show – we need to focus outputs tied to improving the social standing, mental and physical health of remote and regional communities through their contribution to addressing the issues affecting them – Queensland Community Alliance has been using the Relational Conversation Training to do table talks to find issues that affect the community and they work together to address the issue – quite often it is simple bits of information that different segments have, that when collated together makes it easy to see the way forward – such a powerful applicable model. Bring those already part of the committee and people being affected together and allow them to share their stories – amazing to see men and women of all colours, ages, ethnicity and spiritual beliefs all talking intently and starting to respect each other simply by sharing their stories – then start to work on a common issue to find a solution – awesome!

    As with anything, the most valuable part is the person co-coordinating the project – It needs to be someone who community says is able to do that – there are some amazing mainstream stories in eg education, where indigenous people are having amazing outcomes too. Need to look far and wide to find someone who can weave a way of focusing on the issues and those affected by them – the farmers, the miners, Traditional Owners – maybe changing the way things are being done traditionally could be change – how can modern studies make the mining safer for the environment, minimize the toxic affects for those farming around, or other industries that could arise around that, sustainable living so locals aren’t forced out of the housing markets, loss of tradespeople – how to use grey nomads, backpackers, and many other possible resources to support local community and create ways for them to contribute to create sustainable models – you have the mental health issues of Fly In Fly Out workers, aging farmers who can’t get workers and loosing their heritage and commit suicide, people having to leave their communities because they can’t afford house prices or rentals, no water because of drought in dams and not being able to use traditional bores etc as now toxic – so many issues tearing the fabric of Australia apart simply because money and power are totally ignoring these issues – but in 10 years now one will be around to grow food, no clean water and only populations will be in the city and many of those homeless like in America.

    Too late then.

    You can have a mix of multinationals, miners, farmers, First Nations organisations, businesses and community working together positively with the right combination of people good at supporting this concept – not Multinationals, high flying CEO’s, people with lots of PhD’s with connections etc but people who have functioning communities to show they have the innate resonance that attracts others to participate fully!
  • Alfred Boccanfuso
    commented 2021-04-04 08:17:25 +1000
    We need renewable & solar energy projects with battery storage.This is so important & paramount!!
  • Renee Murer
    commented 2021-04-04 02:36:36 +1000
  • Vera Yee
    commented 2021-04-03 22:13:04 +1100
  • Felicity Massey
    commented 2021-04-03 20:41:46 +1100
  • Nadia Perry
    commented 2021-04-03 19:38:09 +1100
  • Sue White
    commented 2021-04-03 18:38:34 +1100
    I wish the government would cease funding fossil fuels. The money would be much better spent on more work with CLEAN ENERGY. Better for Australia and all Australians and the planet.
  • Vanessa Bennett
    commented 2021-04-03 18:25:58 +1100
  • Angel Fideles
    commented 2021-04-03 12:01:57 +1100
  • Demi Earle
    commented 2021-04-03 02:35:01 +1100
  • Yolande Halls
    commented 2021-04-02 22:23:49 +1100
  • Janelle Shackel
    commented 2021-04-02 21:20:49 +1100
    Id rather see money spent on renewable projects such as solar and wind…creating local jobs n protecting our environment for the future
  • Denis Coburn
    commented 2021-04-02 18:55:49 +1100
    Put the money towards renewables.
  • Jill Green
    commented 2021-04-02 16:44:21 +1100
    Scientific research into how much habitat is needed to stop the loss of biodiversity and act on the results
  • Wilko Wilkins
    commented 2021-04-02 11:08:45 +1100
    Hi, want to know what ‘serious’ renewable energy plans our government has, to replace the dirty fossil fuel industry?

    Thanks
  • Jenni Sheehy
    commented 2021-04-02 11:02:14 +1100
  • Jacqueline O'Brien
    commented 2021-04-02 04:20:12 +1100
    Time is now to protect our fragile environment
  • eileen whitehead
    commented 2021-04-02 00:02:49 +1100
    Hydraulic fracturing is destructive to the environment. It uses chemicals which can damage water aquifers. It uses a great deal of water which our dry continent cannot spare and it pollutes the air. It is entirely unnecesssary because full commitment to renewable energy will be sufficient.
  • Christine Hubery
    commented 2021-04-01 21:35:31 +1100
    Renewable energy plans

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