Energy shortages - reserving Australian gas

"In response to energy shortages around Australia, government policies requiring gas producers to reserve some production for domestic consumption are a good way to ensure that Australian consumers have access to sufficient gas supplies while still allowing for gas exports."

Collaborator credits: we would like to thank Prof. Stephen King and Dr. David Prentice for their assistance in framing this poll question, and David for his expert overview of the results.

New panellists: we are delighted to welcome six new National Economic Panel members who all voted for the first time in this poll:

  • Professor Alison Booth - Australian National University
  • Dr Janine Dixon - Centre of Policy Studies, Victoria University
  • Renee Fry-McKibbin - Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
  • Professor Abigail Payne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne
  • Julie Toth - Australian Industry Group
  • Beth Webster - Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology

For more information on their appointments, please visit the ESA Central Council website.

Overview of poll results by David Prentice

David Prentice

The prospect of much higher prices and reduced quantities of gas during the winter has raised a lot of concern. It has been suggested that the origin of the problem lies in local producers contracting to export large quantities. One suggested policy to keep prices down and the gas flowing is requiring producers to reserve a proportion of production for local consumption – that is, a domestic gas reservation. Western Australia has had such a policy for many years.

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NEP Q17 - Chart 1 (Responses)

NEP Q17 - Chart 2 (Responses weighted)