“In 2015-16, for example, on the Darling Downs the industry bought more than $800 million in local goods and services and supported almost 500 direct jobs.
“Unfortunately, this huge local and national economic benefit is being lost in a political debate which is trying to turn Queensland’s LNG industry into a scapegoat.
“The Prime Minister this week blamed Queensland’s gas exports for leaving the market short of gas, which is far from the whole story.
“Supply in the east coast gas market is tight. However, the industry has tripled gas production on the east coast over the last five years. More supply would have been developed if New South Wales and Victoria had not imposed bans and other restrictions on new projects.