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AWU backs potential government gas purchase

The Australian Workers Union (AWU) said it supports a reported plan by the Federal Government to secure gas from east coast producers for local manufacturers.

This week, The Australian Financial Review reported the government was considering buying gas and making it available for manufacturers at potentially lower prices to support the industry.

The AWU has come out in support, saying such a plan is necessary to save Australian manufacturing from imminent crisis.

“Since our union launched the Reserve Our Gas campaign back in 2014, we repeatedly warned the Abbott, and then Turnbull, governments that our manufacturers needed access to Australian gas at an affordable price to survive,” said AWU National Secretary Daniel Walton.

“It seems that finally, a stroke before midnight, the Morrison Government might be waking up to urgency of the crisis and we warmly welcome that.

“Affordable gas should be a national advantage. Instead we have lumbered our manufactures – and the jobs they support – with uncompetitively high energy prices. It’s madness.

“The idea that our unconstrained LNG export market means foreign nations can get access to our gas at lower prices than locals should be enough to incense any Australian, including the Prime Minister.

“A nation rich in natural gas should be a the best place to operate factories, yet Australia has been stupidly squandering its luck.”

The proposal is reportedly in discussions along with the possibility of the government underwriting gas pipelines and associated infrastructure around the country.

Both schemes could appear in the upcoming budget in October.

For more information visit the AWU website.

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