Liberal Nationals onshore gas policy

Thursday 12 October 2017

This week the Liberal Nationals announced a new policy to address Victoria’s energy crisis, protect Victorian jobs and industry, and bring down household bills. 

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said the onshore gas policy would help put the brakes on soaring gas prices that are currently hurting Victorian households and businesses. 

“It will provide cheaper gas and create more jobs while protecting our environment and farmland,” Mr McCurdy said. 

“Our policy keeps Victoria’s fracking ban while securing the gas resources we need.”

If elected in November 2018, a Guy-Walsh Liberal Nationals Government will:


  • Legislate to allow onshore conventional gas exploration and production in Victoria on a case-by-case basis;


  • Create a new royalty sharing scheme that will allow local landowners to benefit from gas produced from beneath their land;


  • Give landowners a right of veto over conventional gas exploration and production on their land;


  • Introduce a domestic gas policy for new onshore and offshore gas; and


  • Continue to support the existing legislative fracking ban and ban on coal seam gas exploration and production.


Mr McCurdy said a combination of decisions by Daniel Andrews had contributed to the sky-rocketing cost of electricity and gas. 

“The Andrews Labor Government’s ideological decision to triple the taxes on Victorian brown coal and pursue a go-it-alone 40% Victorian Renewable Energy Target, as well as banning all new sources of conventional onshore gas, has set off a chain reaction that led to the sudden closure of the Hazelwood power station, massive increases in energy prices and a dependence on Tasmania and New South Wales for reliable electricity,” Mr McCurdy said.

“At the next election, there will be a real choice for Victorian voters. 

“A choice between disastrous, ideological Labor policies that have caused power costs to skyrocket, or Liberal National policies that put Victorian jobs and families first.”

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