Exposing the Covid-19 commission
From the first days of the global COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that the fossil fuel lobby was running a concerted campaign to exploit the global health crisis to further its agenda.
In March 2020, the Government appointed a so-called ‘Covid Commission’ that was stacked with fossil fuel company executives and gas “kingmakers” whose vision for Australia was for more pipelines and fracking wells.
The Federal Government has just released their National Gas Infrastructure Plan – and it’s full of hand outs for oil and gas companies. We’ve been tracking their spending announcements, and today’s plan brings the total up to $903 million 🤯 of direct and indirect handouts for oil and gas companies – and we haven’t even seen the final budget yet.
May 7 2021:
With the release of the interim National Gas Infrastructure Plan (NGIP) today, the Morrison government’s total gas spending – both direct and indirect – totals between $509,450,000 and $903,210,000.
In September 2020, after stacking the controversial National Covid-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) with gas executives, the Morrison government began announcing major public subsidies for the gas industry.
This report is the product of hundreds of conversations with people in communities across Australia, thousands of submissions to the government’s National Gas Infrastructure Plan (NGIP), and online surveys.
It’s clear that Australians do not want their tax contributions handed to oil and gas companies. There are significant concerns that these companies intend to export the majority of gas extracted, pay little or no tax, and make it all but impossible to meet the global goal of keeping warming to well below 1.5
Call/Email/Tweet your MP Find your Federal MP here, and find their email address, phone number or twitter handle to get in touch with them about the government’s disastrous plans for a “gas-fired recovery” – call on them to represent their constituents instead of the gas lobby and invest in the people, not the polluters.