CSG a “social licence”?

Letter to Editor

CSG a “social licence”?

Election results from a CSG mandate perspective and the so called required “social licence” to harvest CSG was very interesting.

The 9 September APPEA media release: “Australian voters reject anti-gas campaigners” stated, “The anti-gas campaigns of The Greens and the Katter Australia Party have seen them both lose significant support, with Australians strongly rejecting their anti-jobs and anti-investment policies.”
Indeed the people of Page have spoken!
Page being the only viable area in the Northern Rives to harvest CSG and its 78,447 voters have sent a clear message to the anti CSG lobby groups.
Labor’s anti CSG former local member for Page Janelle Saffin lost her seat, her vote was down 6%.

The Greens’ who firmly stated prior to the election that they were the only “real” anti-CSG voice in Page, vote was down by almost one third, from 8.58% to 6.33%. Greens’ Desley Banks received only 4,682 votes.

The senate results in Page were even more emphatic, the Greens and the other specialist anti CSG group the “Stop CSG” party vote was also abysmal.
In Page, the Senate’s result for the “Stop CSG” party was only 485 votes a mere 0.71% and the Greens also polled poorly with 5,428 votes or just 7.93%.
For the National’s who have now won Page, their relevant shadow minister Ian Macfarlane’s pre election statement about how the looming NSW critical gas shortage that must be resolved indicates that the Nationals clearly now do have “social licence” to resolve the NSW State’s indecision on CSG policy and help develop a viable safe gas industry.

It will be interesting to see what spin Lock the Gate and the Greens put on this electoral disaster.
If the ballot box is not good mandate for CSG, where can you apply for a “social licence”?

John Vaughan
Byron Bay



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