Shorten’s Wild Fracking Spree – Call Labor MP's

Bill Shorten announced this week he’ll spend $1.5 billion of public money on pipelines to open northern Australia up to fracking and gas.

It’s a disastrous move that would see our hard earned taxpayer dollars being handed to multinational gas giants, putting our water and our climate at risk.

Can you call Shorten and other key Labor MP's and tell them what a terrible move this is?  

Bill Shorten, Labor Leader, (02) 6277 4022

Tanya Plibersek, Shadow Deputy Leader, (02) 6277 4404

Jason Clare, Shadow Resources Minister, (02) 9790 2466

Chris Bowen, Shadow Treasurer, (02) 9604 0710

Here are some talking points for your message:

  • Hi my name’s xxx and I’m from xxxx
  • I’m calling today because I saw the news that Labor have announced funding for gas pipelines that will enable dangerous gasfields in the Northern Territory and North Qld.
  • Fracking poses huge risks to land, water and our climate, plus many farmers and Traditional Owners are saying they don’t want fracking on their land.
  • Labor shouldn’t be wasting our hard earned dollars on multinational gas giants that pay virtually no royalties and that dodge tax.
  • I’m asking Labor to rule out public funding for gas pipelines, and to prioritise investment in agricultural infrastructure, renewable energy and supporting manufacturing to switch away from polluting gas.
  • Vicki Rice
    commented 2019-05-09 16:13:59 +1000
    The reciever was polite, listened to my comment oon why I am againsr Fracking then politely told me my comments had been noted. I rang Bill Shortens number
  • Vicki Rice
    commented 2019-05-09 16:13:58 +1000
    The reciever was polite, listened to my comment oon why I am againsr Fracking then politely told me my comments had been noted. I rang Bill Shortens number
  • Diane Moore
    commented 2019-05-02 14:56:19 +1000
    I called Bill Shorten’s office to voice my disbelief on his support of fracking. I then called Jason Clare’s office as he is the Shadow Resources Minister and was informed his office accep0ted calls on local issues only. I would have thought fracking would come under a Resources Minister’s portfolio. The person who took the call did state she would pass the message on.
  • Diane Moore
    commented 2019-05-02 11:05:36 +1000
    I called Bill Shorten’s number, informing the person who answered the call that I am a traditional Labor voter & due to the hypocrisy of his statement on fracking whilst spinning his stance on electric cars & how important environmental issues are to his government Labor has now lost my vote. I was informed many voters had called to voice their concerns concerning fracking. What a bloody insipid hypocrite. Listening to Bill shorten is like watching a Danoz Direct advertisement. Fake, insipid and nothing like the fiery unionist Bill Shorten we once knew.
  • Ivan Ballin
    commented 2019-05-01 11:50:38 +1000
    Phoned all 4 offices and got the same response: “I’ll pass on your concerns.”

    Told them our electorate (Newcastle) is a safe ALP seat and we are very happy with Sharyn Claydon our local rep.

    But told them that we did not feel comfortable supporting the ALP in the Senate due to issues of trust on the environment.

    Gas pipeline and Adani were the two issues I raised with them. More feedback from Bill Shorten’s office on policy, but just listening to my rant and a promise to pass the message on from the other three.


    I think the leverage of not supporting the ALP in the Senate should carry more weight in seats with a safe ALP majority.
  • Paull Storm
    commented 2019-04-30 13:59:48 +1000
    Look I don’t see the point in making a call too easily ignored or placated! Better to send a written submission because it forces them to write something solid. As for paying the rich again to make more money at our and the environments expense I can’t believe Labor would do this! Are you sure this isn’t a Liberal initiative? What’s the matter with Shorten has he lost it or something?
  • Jens Svensson
    commented 2019-04-30 11:30:35 +1000
    Naomi at Bills office said she would pass it on, but did not care to write down my name and phone number. I asked if she had a list of numbers of people that had called about the issue and she did not want to answer the question so I guess that she does not.

    I will call the rest of them with the same message and questions.
  • Kath Leahy
    commented 2019-04-29 17:11:29 +1000
    Only rang Naomi at Bill’s office. She said Federal Labor has no plans to frack but will support gas mining and pipelines. But did qualify that there are differences between federal and state governments re fracking. Also said the party accepts that gas is a fossil fuel but only regards it as a transitional power source. She assured me Labor will toughen up all environmental laws. I gave her my view that we are rapidly approaching the tipping point as regards Climate Change which is already happening. I also said that if projects like Adani go ahead no one will trust Labor on the environment again.
  • Helen Daniels
    commented 2019-04-29 15:11:07 +1000
    I rang all 4 numbers .Bill Shortens phone was engaged on several occasions .Both Chris Bowens and Jason Clares office answered and I received the usual "I will pass it on "

    .i am wondering now if they are getting so many calls that the receptionist is so desensitised that automatically they reply "I will pass it on " but Labour needs to know it is and will keep loosing voters at a rapid rate
  • Stephen Spencer
    commented 2019-04-29 12:30:02 +1000
    Naomi at Bill Shorten’s office (? she answered my call with “Australian Labor Party”) listened to what I said politely and attentively, told me about Labor’s commitment to addressing climate change and rewriting environmental laws, and said she will pass on my concern about public funding for gas pipelines.
  • David Morrison
    commented 2019-04-29 06:59:13 +1000
    Dear Lock the gate. Phone calls to Govt department’s are Less effective than written emails. You should have attached an email link with a pre-written draft that people may then amend or just send. Many more would engage this way. Look at Market Forces for a better method.
  • ka tinka
    commented 2019-04-27 11:52:22 +1000
    I mostly had to record my messages and told them that I am wanting Labor to do more about positive climate action as well as conveying my disappointment about their support for the pipeline and other policies. Bill Shortens office answered my call and expressed their regrets after I told them I was not going to vote Labor for the above reasons.
  • Wayne Jensen
    commented 2019-04-26 17:25:37 +1000
    Didn’t call, Waste of time be voting green as possible yes it is trueand I am not 15 I am 66 This is the environmental Thin Red Line as far as I see it I will compose useless emails to them .
  • jennifer loverock
    commented 2019-04-26 17:00:26 +1000
    called just now and pleasant man answered said Bill had just lost my vote and I was definitely not voting for labour now as I could not vote for anyone who was in favour of fracking.

    Guy said he understood.
  • Cheryl Kneipp
    commented 2019-04-26 16:04:38 +1000
    Phoned Chris Bowen’s office told him I was raised on the land had family on the land & gas fracking the most disgusting thing invented, it ruined good farming land ruined our underground aquifers, our creeks & our river’s. Said I would not vote for the LNP I was going to vote Labor but now may be forced to vote independent. He was then in a hurry to hang up but said he would pass my message on.
  • Klaus Tomanke
    commented 2019-04-26 15:53:26 +1000
  • Elly
    commented 2019-04-26 15:18:56 +1000
    Couldn’t get through to Shorten, but got through to the other 3. I calmly expressed how disappointed I was about Labor’s decision to invest public money in pipelines. I jus got polite disinterest basically, which is what I expected really. But good to let them know.

    I’m absolutely appalled by the lack of leadership on climate change – the most important issue of our time! So angry.
  • Richard Stanford
    @rmgs_richard tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-26 15:07:03 +1000
    Bill Shorten announced this week he’ll spend $1.5 billion of public money on pipelines to open northern Australia up to fracking and gas. Can you call Shorten and other key Labor MP's and tell them what a terrible move this is? https://www.lockthegate.org.au/shorten_s_wild_fracking_spree_call_labor?recruiter_id=5382
  • Richard Stanford
    commented 2019-04-26 15:06:12 +1000
    Call was received politely, with a promise to pass the message on. Bill Shorten’s number was unobtainable. I spoke with offices of Tanya Plibersek, Jason Clare and Chris Bowen, asking that no pipe line or new fossil fuel projects be undertaken; spend the money on renewable energy, where there a many thousands of jobs to create.
  • Sophia Platthy
    commented 2019-04-26 14:35:56 +1000
    Shorten’s and Plibersek’s office said they’d record my call and feedback to the reps. So upset by the news of this pipeline and gas fracking.

    Where is good leadership in environment and well-being in this country? The two main parties are both tied up with the fossil fuel industries.

    We need renewables and to not pollute our waterways and agricultural lands. We need habitat to preserve biodiversity.
  • Martine Porret
    commented 2019-04-26 14:05:55 +1000
    No answers
  • Douglas Stetner
    commented 2019-04-26 13:59:02 +1000
    Polite not effort to dissuade me.
  • Rachel Macgregor
    commented 2019-04-26 13:48:20 +1000
    Bill shortens office wouldn’t even answer my call,or take a message, Tanya Plibersek was away in Melbourne but her staff took my call and told me that they are listening to the science and will meet their targets and I told him what I thought of that information as I am an environmental scientist and know the truth.
  • Scott Bonney
    commented 2019-04-26 12:42:33 +1000
    Dont Do phone calls
  • Helen Manos
    commented 2019-04-26 12:03:37 +1000
    I rang two MPs and registered my protest saying I won’t vote for the ALP
  • Paul Payten
    commented 2019-04-26 10:06:07 +1000
    I called Tanya P’s office and Christine there told me the announcement was not about $1.5 bn going to Adani. This money is only or a northern Australia development fund and she confirmed that NO public money is going to Adani. Seems this announcement is misleading.

    Or…

    Yes, it is for developing infrastructure in the north, other than for Adani, yet it could indirectly facilitate Adani in some way.

    Either way, we do have be alert and mayge the Greens have it for me. Or independents with a policy that is not ambiguous.

    We need to state our WILL, not our wish, concerns, requests or opinions. They are there to serve the WILL of the people, us. State what we WILL them to do for us!
  • Sjirk Bangma
    commented 2019-04-26 10:05:42 +1000
    I rang all the numbers. They respectfully listened to my very firm blurb. I told them that my family and myself are normally loyal Labor supporters but will now vote Greens / Independent.

    Labor is not the party for serious action on climate change. Why is the gas pipe money not going into renewables? And the tiptoeing around Adani, really. I gave them a “respectful” earful. By the end of the calls I got quite fired up. Our politicians need to “Ardern up”!
  • Karen Armitage
    commented 2019-04-26 09:47:53 +1000
    Cane, at Tanya Pilbersek’s office was very polite, assuring me this policy wont overturn State govs authority, the funds are to ensure ongoing commitment to emission reductions, stating that gas will play a major role in helping to meet the targets. Cane also stated Labor leads (other parties) in their commitment!… blah blah blah, I think he had a script too! I reiterated I was against all fracking.
  • Shameless Plug
    commented 2019-04-26 01:27:07 +1000
    I haven’t bothered calling any of these pollies. They don’t really care about my opinion (or yours).


    I did however call the ABC and Channel 9 (the first in a potentially vain attempt to get some investigation and coverage, the second for lols)
  • Marcel Ruzicska
    commented 2019-04-25 08:36:19 +1000
    Hi my name’s Marcel Ruzicska and I’m from Redcliffe QLD

    I’m calling today because I saw the news that Labor have announced funding for gas pipelines that will enable dangerous gasfields in the Northern Territory and North Qld.

    Fracking poses huge risks to land, water and our climate, plus many farmers and Traditional Owners are saying they don’t want fracking on their land.

    Labor shouldn’t be wasting our hard earned dollars on multinational gas giants that pay virtually no royalties and that dodge tax.

    I’m asking Labor to rule out public funding for gas pipelines, and to prioritise investment in agricultural infrastructure, renewable energy and supporting manufacturing to switch away from polluting gas.

    Quite frankly i am seriously annoyed by the way of how either political party is sacrificing our land, our children’s future, for a quick bug sacrificing our natural resources, our wildlife our life…

    shame shame shame

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