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With high capital costs linked to petroleum and gas infrastructure, collection of PRRT funds for regional development may be delayed for several years. Phil Noble/Reuters

Government’s oil and gas tax response will leave regional communities at a loss

Local communities are likely to be dissatisfied with the report from the PRRT review because its recommendations only apply to future projects and won't herald any changes in the budget.
With the right power policies, gas can have a brighter future. Steven Bradley

Want to boost the domestic gas industry? Put a price on carbon

The current domestic gas crisis will pass. But if the industry wants to surpass coal and fulfil its role as a 'transition fuel', it should lobby for a carbon price to help it on its way.
Malcolm Turnbull said the projection last week showed a shortage of gas supply in the eastern market with deep implications for energy security. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull warns of consequences if gas industry doesn’t keep its promises

Malcolm Turnbull has threatened to use the Commonwealth's power over exports against gas producers if they do not carry through with undertakings to make more gas available for the domestic market.
SA energy minister Tom Koutsantonis (left) and Premier Jay Weatherill have outlined their vision for the state’s electricity. AAP Image/David Mariuz

South Australia’s energy plan gives national regulators another headache

South Australia is investing $550 million in a plan to improve the reliability of its electricity. But the side-effect is that the National Electricity Market will now be even harder to run.
Going into the gas industry meeting, the federal government said its priority is to make sure adequate gas is available to meet peaking demands. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull to gas industry: give the local market more supply

Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday will pressure the gas industry to increase the supply available to the domestic market, as the government scrambles to get together a viable national energy policy.
Norweigian oil rig. Black Inc. Books

Book Review: Trillion Dollar Baby

Paul Cleary makes a good case as to why Australia should follow Norway as an example of how to tax miners in Trillion Dollar Baby.
Malcolm Turnbull touring one of Australia’s large LNG fields. AAP Image/News Corp Pool, Ray Strange

Australia must catch up with Papua New Guinea on how we tax gas

The way Australia taxes companies for gas projects now lags behind our closest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, which has reformed its tax system to ensure it gets money sooner.

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