Farmers push back on Coalition’s gas plan saying quality of land and water takes priority



a group of people walking down a dirt road: Photograph: Dean Lewins/AAP


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The National Farmers Federation has urged the Morrison government to tread carefully with its “gas-led recovery”, declaring farmers need to be in control of their land use, and the security of groundwater needs to be paramount.

While the gas push was crafted in part by the Coalition’s business advisers, and business has largely welcomed the government’s signalling about increasing the supply of gas for domestic use, the NFF will lobby the government to make sure the plan does not involve a significant expansion of coal seam gas projects.



a couple of people that are standing in the dirt: National Farmers Federation says it is not opposed to gas as a transitional fuel but will not support significant expansion of coal seam gas projects fearing it will jeopardise quality of land and water.


© Photograph: Dean Lewins/AAP
National Farmers Federation says it is not opposed to gas as a transitional fuel but will not support significant expansion of coal seam gas projects fearing it will jeopardise quality of land and water.

The NFF’s chief executive, Tony Mahar, told Guardian Australia “farmers should have choice in determining his

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