Labor is anti-jobs and anti-affordable energy

March 05, 2019

If you wanted proof that the Labor Party is anti-jobs and anti-affordable energy, look no further than its promise to block Santos's $3 billion Narrabri gas project which will dash any hope of gas prices falling and drive industry and jobs out of the state.

With fresh evidence emerging that some gas prices have surged more than 40 per cent over the past year, the Conservative Party is determined to bring energy prices down.

The Australian Financial Review reports, Steve Bell, chief executive of basic chemicals maker Qenos, said he was "flabbergasted" at NSW Opposition leader Michael Daley's pre-election pledge that a Labor government would block the project, which could supply gas to manufacturing plants supporting thousands of jobs at prices Santos chief executive Kevin Gallagher promised on Monday would be "very competitive".

"This should not be subject to a political process," Mr Bell said, echoing Mr Gallagher's call last week to keep politics out of the independent decision process for approval of Narrabri, which is due to go before the Independent Planning Commission.

Even the Australian Workers' Union has attacked Mr Daley's decision ahead of the March 23 poll.

The Labor leader has pledged to kill off Narrabri due to environmental risks, which AWU National Secretary Daniel Walton described as "disappointing to say the very least" given scientific findings that with proper oversight the gas can be safely extracted.

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