QRC calls for southern states' punishment

QUEENSLAND’s resources sector wants to see bipartisan bullying of the south-eastern states, with the Queensland Resources Council saying Victoria and New South Wales should be forced to develop their gas reserves and help ease pressure on east coast gas supplies – or suffer the consequences.

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The QRC wants Canberra to mete out punishment.

QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane, a former conservative federal resources minister, said today that Queensland continues to do the heavy lifting while New South Wales and Victoria refuse to allow exploration and development of any onshore gas reserves, and that was not fair at a time when the three Gladstone LNG plants were struggling to maintain production for export.
 
It comes at a time when the Liberal-National coalition government is struggling to find specific policy direction after the scrapping of the National Energy Guarantee and the toppling of yet another prime minister, and Labor is signalling more aggressive market intervention to ensure Australian gas is cheap and available in the domestic market before exports are even considered.