Friday, March 31, 2023

Former WA premier says Labor sought a trans-continental gas pipeline to hold on to power for a decade

A former Liberal premier says the election of Anthony Albanese as prime minister is likely to lead to a “decade of Labour” in power, adding that his old party is in a “desperate state” at the federal and state levels.

Between 2008 and 2017 WA Premier Colin Barnett said the Liberal Party needed to modernize itself by recruiting a new generation of future leaders.

Mr. Barnett remarked in an interview with ABC in which he called for the construction of a cross-continental gas pipeline and the adoption of a domestic gas reservation policy for eastern states, which helped WA avoid crippling prices that crippled the industry. and construction sector.

“The Liberal Party is in a desperate situation,” Mr Barnett told the afternoon briefing.

“And I think Australia is probably looking at a decade-long Labour scenario, and so is Western Australia, so this is a bad time for the Liberal Party.

After the Liberal Party lost five of its 10 WA seats in the May 21 federal election, Labor suffered a 10.4 percent swing, which picked up four additional seats: Haslak, Pearce, Swann and Tangany.

Curtin’s blue-ribbon seat was lost to independent Kate Cheney.

In the March 2021 state election, the Liberal Party was reduced to only two of the 59 seats in the Legislative Assembly, in an extraordinary 17.7 percent landslide swing for Mark McGowan’s Labor government.

‘The gas is from Australia’

In WA, both the Labor and Liberal parties support a policy of gas reservation, under which 15 percent of the gas produced must be set aside for the domestic market.

No other state or territory has such a policy.

This means that while bulk gas in WA is between $5.50 and $6.50 per gigajoule, it is $40 per gigajoule in the eastern states, when the regulator slapped producers with a price cap.

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