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AWU begins blitz to lock up gas


Source: AFR, 18 Sep 2014

The Australian Workers Union will launch a campaign to convince Australians that 15 per cent to 20 per cent of gas production should be set aside for domestic use, a move that could lower local prices but cut producers’ profits.

The union wants to harness public anger at surging gas prices in a “ground war” against gas exporters and big political parties opposed to export controls. It believes cheaper gas will protect more of its members’ jobs in manufacturing.

The AWU’s new national secretary, Scott McDine, said 15 per cent to 20 per cent of gas should be set aside at cheap prices to help local companies and households. A media campaign will begin in weeks.

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