Simone van Hattem commented on Call your MP 2020-09-10 14:59:00 +1000I called my Liberal MP Rick Wilson and left a message, and Josh Frydenburg’s office and told them the same thing. No taxes to fund gas, pipelines and fracking. And because I’m in WA I mentioned the mid west and kimberley specifically.
The Australian Government has announced plans to hand over millions of taxpayer dollars to the gas industry for big new fracking gas pipelines and gas infrastructure. This commitment follows relentless pressure from the National Covid Commission and their fossil fuel industry members.
Our Federal decision makers need to hear from you on this. We can’t have them getting all their advice from the gas industry, and miss out on hearing your voice.
How do I make a call to my federal Member of Parliament? Just follow this Link to the Parliament of Australia website – enter your postcode to be taken to your lower house MP.
What number do I call? Call the Electorate Office number - this should take you through to a staff member.
Tips: When you call, remember to be polite, friendly and calm. You will probably speak to a staffer, so just ask them to take down your message.
Ideas for Talking Points: Introduce yourself and mention you live in your MP's electorate.
-I’m concerned the Federal Government is about to give handouts of taxpayer money to the gas industry.
-The Australian public should NOT be paying for gas industry pipelines, infrastructure or buying gas directly from new fracking gasfields. The Queensland Hunter Gas Pipeline, the NT Beetaloo Fracking Pipeline and Bowen Basin pipeline would put farmers and Traditional Owners directly at risk.
-Gas is a bad investment. Our money shouldn’t prop up the gas industry. It puts farmers and regional communities in the firing line for new gasfields and fracking.
-We can create more jobs and opportunities if we support manufacturing and agribusiness to electrify and use plentiful renewable energy. We can switch away from gas.
-The Government could help homes and small businesses install renewables, get energy efficient, and invest in storage. We don’t need more gas and fracking gasfields.
When you’ve made the call, you could also pop these points into a follow up email to your MP.
Please call the office of the Treasurer Josh Frydenburg and leave a message there too: (02) 6277 7340
Thanks for reminding our government to represent all of our interests, not just the gas industry.
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We know that we need renewables NOT gas for a sustainable, healthy future for our communities, our environment AND our economy.
We can't let our government keep propping up this destructive industry. It’s time we invested our money wisely on safe and sustainable industries, and towards a clean energy future.
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Due to the existing gas pipeline, the Mid West is one of the first targets for the fracking industry in WA. One drill rig has just arrived at a spot east of Dongara. It will explore for tight gas.
If we do nothing, it won’t be long before we have fracking gasfields spread across our food bowls and drinking water catchments.
Local communities have developed a plan, but need your financial support to fight back. The plan includes ways to get the message out more widely, producing independent scientific reports, mapping, holding town hall meetings, advertising and meeting with decision makers.
Simone van Hattem donated 2018-06-21 16:14:42 +1000
We are at a crucial moment in the campaign to protect WA from fracking. The Inquiry could report any time from August with an approval to frack following quickly.
The unconventional gas industry is exploring in many new areas and the Government is providing funds to promote and accelerate exploration.
We need to drastically increase our impact in the next 6 months and massively increase the pressure on the WA Government in order to achieve our goals.
In particular, we want to:
1. Organise a major event in Perth in late 2018 to demonstrate widespread opposition to fracking in WA, with a strong contingent from the Mid West
2. Ramp up the number of communities who have conducted surveys and declared themselves Gasfield Free.
In order to achieve this, we are seeking to raise funds to engage a Midlands Coordinator to help take the campaign to the next level.Donate
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