“Natural gas delivers as much energy to Australia’s households and industry as does electricity, and gas is used to generate a part of that electricity as well. We must look at the current situation as an energy problem and develop comprehensive solutions.
“Paving the way to energy security while achieving our low emissions targets is not going to be easy, but the federal government has an unprecedented opportunity now to get that process under way.”
The meeting between the Prime Minister and the nation’s largest gas producers offered a chance for that part of the energy industry to outline some possible ways forward.
“The gas industry representatives can do what pipeline industry did,” said Ms Cartwright.