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senate vote 2019-07-04#8

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  • Motions Energy
  • Motions - Energy - Exports and cost of energy


  • <p class="speaker">Scott Ryan</p>
  • <p>The question now is that motion No. 27 in the name of Senator Pratt be agreed to.</p>
  • The majority voted against a [motion]( introduced by West Australian Senator [Louise Pratt]( (Labor), which means it failed.
  • ### Motion text
  • > *(a) notes that:*
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  • >> *(i) since 2013, gas prices for manufacturers have skyrocketed, increasing by up to four times their levels in 2013,*
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  • >> *(ii) according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, spiralling gas prices have resulted in three manufacturers closing down and threaten the viability of many more businesses,*
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  • >> *(iii) Australia has become the world’s largest gas exporter while our own businesses face difficulties in securing affordable gas supplies,*
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  • >> *(iv) the Federal Government continues to refuse to bring big gas companies to heel by pulling the trigger on gas export controls,*
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  • >> *(v) under Prime Minister Morrison, power prices have continued to skyrocket, with wholesale power price futures contracts up by 33% since former Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Turnbull was forced out of The Lodge, and*
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  • >> *(vi) Prime Minister Morrison’s election promise to reduce wholesale power prices to $70/mwh by 2021 would only bring prices back to the levels seen under his predecessor, Mr Turnbull; and*
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  • > *(b) calls on the Federal Government to take real action to reduce the cost of energy in Australia by:*
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  • >> *(i) bringing big gas companies to heel by finally pulling the trigger on gas export controls and ensuring Australian users have access to affordable Australian gas,*
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  • >> *(ii) guaranteeing a reduction in gas prices for Australian businesses to levels that can sustain competitive Australian manufacturing, as well as ensuring ample gas supply for Australian users, and*
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  • >> *(iii) delivering a national energy policy that will end investment uncertainty and deliver a modern energy system including cheaper, reliable and clean power.*