Labor must say where it stands on gas
Labor and Daniel Andrews have been called upon to explain to the people of Wellington Shire where they stand on the future of the gas industry in Victoria.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said Labor needed to make clear whether it supported oil and gas production in Bass Strait, in light of the Greens calls for household gas use to be phased out and 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030.
The Greens have made no secret of the fact that they are hoping to push Labor into minority government and enter into a new Labor/Greens Coalition.
Mr O’Brien said as the largest gas producing region in the state, Sale and Wellington Shire had a lot to lose from a potential Labor/Greens alliance.
“Daniel Andrews and the Labor candidate for Gippsland South need to come out and say where they stand on this issue.
“The Greens are desperate to force Labor into a coalition and given the narrow majority that Daniel Andrews holds at the moment, and the threat of the Greens in some inner-city seats, this is a distinct possibility.
“Gippsland benefits from around 1,000 jobs from the oil and gas industry, most of them based in Wellington Shire, and it is an important industry that diversifies our local economy.
“It beggars belief that the Greens candidate for Gippsland South would support such a policy, but then they have never had any care for local jobs or our local economy.
“However you would think that Labor, the supposed party of the worker, would come out strongly in favour of our extensive natural gas industry and it’s time they stood up and were counted.”
Mr O’Brien said he strongly supports the industry which had delivered great prosperity to Sale and district over the past 50 years.
“Apart from being an important part of our economy, gas is also an important transitional fuel in the quest to reduce emissions.
“That the Greens don’t accept that shows that ideology trumps common sense when it comes to them. I hope the Labor Party hasn’t fallen in to the same trap as it attempts to win votes in the inner city.”