Recent claims from the State Government that funding for CSG compliance had been slashed during the Newman Government years has been slammed by member for Warrego Ann Leahy as blatantly incorrect.
Ms Leahy says the facts lie in past Budget papers.
“Budget documents show that in the 2012-13 financial year, in addition to covering a $9 million funding shortfall left by Labor, the former LNP Government provided an additional $3.6 million in funding for CSG compliance activities.”
The Budget papers show that in the 2013-14 financial year, the former LNP Government provided an additional $11 million for coal seam gas compliance across the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Department of Energy and Water Supply and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.
Ms Leahy says this represents the largest state budget allocation made by any government in Queensland for CSG industry, oversight, supervision, compliance and regulation.
“In the 2014-15 financial year, the former LNP Government allocated $23.4 million over four years – the first substantial long-term funding commitment by any Queensland Government for ongoing CSG compliance”
MS Leahy has also been quick to point to budget documents that reveal that in the 2011-12 financial year, which was the last year of the Bligh Labor Government, no funding was allocated for CSG compliance activities.
“Recent reports of the Palaszczuk Government sacking staff at the Gasfields Commission and rumours of the Commission being relocated from Toowoomba to Brisbane is further evidence of Labor Governments lack of commitment to good CSG management and compliance.”