Gas cartel delivers knockout lie of election campaign

What kind of hogwash is this leading the AFR?

The $500 billion a year economic benefit the oil and gas industry provides to Australia could be at risk if an incoming government is taken over by “misguided” politics, the new chairman of the industry lobby group has warned.

“It would be an awful shame to not have that benefit go to Australia because of some misguided politics or some misguided issues around how politics is formed after the election,” Ian Davies said on the sidelines of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association conference in Brisbane, where Saturday’s election outcome was a central topic.

“The focus of our opponents on stopping fossil fuel projects has had no effect on consumer demand, and no effect on emissions’ reduction,” he said in his speech to the conference. “What it has done is to push fossil fuel developments to places such as the Middle East and Russia.”

Mr Davies was joined by other oil industry leaders who voiced caution on the risks to Australia’s energy security and a further hit to prices should the election result in a minority government that bends to demands to clamp down on investment in new supplies of oil and gas needed amid the global energy crisis.

$500bn is one-quarter of the Australian economy. The reality is that the oil and gas sector contributes 10% of that number to GDP, around $50bn or 5% of the economy. It is 14th out of the 19 major sectors and contributes less than real estate agents (see green line below):

Moreover, the reality is a lot worse. Half of the growth surge of oil and gas extraction over the past decade was driven by QLD LNG. That component of oil and gas has resulted in a calamitous and near-ceaseless energy shock for the entire east coast economy becasue the gas export cartel sells cheap Aussie gas in Asia while the price is forced up at home by shortages.

In short, oil and gas has used cartel tactics to steal about 2% of Aussie GDP from everybody else while adding nothing whatsoever. In addition to this, it pays no tax!

The political and media fear and loathing that surrounds this parasitic industry is a case study in Banana Republic economics to make your hair stand on end.

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  1. After using gas last year and being shocked by the price, we put in a wood heater. Much cheaper and better in every way than gas heating.

    I’ve got a chainsaw, and a NSW wood collectors licence is about $30, so I reckon I’ll be able heat my house this winter for about $50 versus $1500 last year.

    The gas cartel can ESAD.

  2. In other banana republics, opponents to this kind of pillaging might often go down in an unexpected plane or helicopter crash. We drive everywhere. Why no noise? Has the chilling effect of the super profits tax been so great this can no longer even be discussed in the MSM?

  3. Jumping jack flash


    In this kind of economy it is debt growth all the way.

    Everything else like dirt, oil, gas, meat, cotton, wool, wine, lobsters, etc, only helps that small subset of the economy.
    Coupled with rampant wage theft and the unrelenting “quest for debt” – where all available and spare resources are used to acquire the correct amounts of essential debt, I think the overall contribution to the wider economy for all of the export sectors is quite low compared to that which the growth and spending of debt provides.

    This will become very obvious after a few rounds of interest rate rises and the corresponding plunging debt growth, which will devastate the economy despite all these “export sectors” exporting away merrily throughout.

  4. Display NameMEMBER

    At risk?

    Gas companies pay almost no tax, gouge the consumer and energy intensive companies, do not pay for their cost to climate change,dont employ all that many people and pay a tiny fraction of the resource royalties that other countries such as Qatar receive from the same level of gas exports They may well be a net negative for the average Australian tax payer.