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Question without Notice: Gas Imports

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Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran
4 March 2021

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): My question is for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Minister, whilst last sitting week this house supported the ban on gas fracking in Victoria’s constitution, there are still currently plans for two gas import terminals in Victoria—in Western Port and Geelong. Can the minister guarantee that no fracked gas will be shipped into Victoria through these gas import terminals?

Ms D’AMBROSIO (Mill Park—Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Minister for Solar Homes): I thank the member for Prahran for his question. The last time I checked, every molecule of gas does not have an ID so that you can actually identify its state of origin. But let me be clear here that when it comes to the proposed input terminal facilities that have been mentioned by the member for Prahran, certainly we are well aware that those two are matters that are subject to environment effects statements (EES), and they are matters that are currently before the appropriate planning processes. That is the answer to the question. Certainly that process will be an appropriate one where all stakeholders can be engaged in that, and there will be an absolute opportunity for everyone to have an input.

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): Thank you, Minister. From what I can deduce from that answer, clearly the government acknowledges that fracking is devastating for the environment and terrible for our climate, and surely the government is aware that the gas imported will actually be gas fracked from sensitive ecosystems in the Northern Territory and farmland in Queensland. So can I deduce from the response from the minister that there will be no guarantee that the gas coming into Victoria will not actually be fracked gas?

Ms D’AMBROSIO (Mill Park—Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Minister for Solar Homes): Can I thank the member for Prahran for the supplementary question. No such conclusion can be drawn or deduced at all. These are matters that are subject to appropriate EES processes. They will go through the appropriate planning processes, and that is all that can be said on those two matters.

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Sam Hibbins MP
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4 March 2021
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