Media, 10 June 2015 Read

Functional market will avoid gas train wreck

Australia’s eastern gas market risks a 20% shortfall in supplies by 2019 as upstream producers rein in spending because of low oil prices. Rising demand from upcoming LNG export projects in Queensland could also limit flows into the local market should suppliers prioritise more lucrative Asia Pacific buyers in the years ahead.

Media, 10 June 2015 Read

Companies complain about 'sneaky' $800 million cut to R&D tax break

The Abbott government, which cancelled a company tax cut in the budget, is pushing ahead with $810 million reduction in tax breaks for research and development, in a decision biotechnology company CSL criticised as retrograde.

Media, 9 June 2015 Read

Consumers demand food label reforms

Manufacturers will face higher costs to comply with mandatory new labelling rules for Australian food products.

Media, 5 June 2015 Read

ACCC vows tough probe of east coast gas market

Competition boss Rod Sims says he plans to use his watchdog powers to investigate confidential gas supply contracts and negotiations in his probe of the east coast gas market, where industrial users claim they are unable to get competitive offers in the face of $70 billion of Queensland LNG export projects.

Media, 5 June 2015 Read

Gas buyers fear ACCC inquiry will come too late

Industrial gas buyers are lining up to offer evidence to the competition watchdog's inquiry into the east coast gas market but fear any action won't avert significant price hikes, which threaten the viability of their operations.

Media, 2 June 2015 Read

APPEA again rejects calls for domestic gas reservation

Australia’s peak oil and gas group has rejected calls by industry ­veteran and Oil Search managing director Peter Botten for a domestic gas reservation, saying it would be a throwback to the 1950s and would not reduce costs for ­industry or households.

Media, 1 June 2015 Read

East coast faces 20 per cent gas shortfall

he east coast of Australia faces a shortage of almost 20 per cent of its gas demand, according to research by independent advisory EnergyQuest.

Media, 31 May 2015 Read

Oil and gas veteran backs domestic gas reservation policy

Oil and gas industry veteran Peter Botten has backed calls for a domestic gas reservation policy on the east coast of Australia, warning that consumers could be hit with higher electricity prices as LNG exports boom.

Media, 28 May 2015 Read

Gas exporters reject fresh calls for domestic reservation

Queensland’s gas giants have poured cold water on moves to establish a domestic gas reserve despite concerns a surge in exports of the fuel will drive up local prices.

Media, 28 May 2015 Read

Productivity Commission could loosen IR gridlock

When Australia's first national labour laws were passed in 1904, it left the wreckage of three ministries in its wake, embittered parliamentary relations and created intense commonwealth-state antagonism.