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And the federal Nationals leader, Michael McCormack, addressed the Narrabri gas project at a press conference earlier today.

The issue is of some sensitivity because the National Farmers Federation has urged the government to be cautious with a gas-led recovery because water quality is their number one concern.

But McCormack saw all upside:

Absolutely [I support it]. This is going to provide $3.6bn – 3.6 thousand million dollars – most of which is going to go in and around that Narrabri region. This is fantastic. Look at the region - it’s scrub country some of this region, at best. It is there for a resource to be tapped, to be used, to bring gas prices down, to bring energy prices down, to get that area realising its potential. And I congratulate the NSW government, what Keith Pitt and Angus Taylor have said about this endeavour. It’s going to create jobs and opportunity and unlocking the potential of that Narrabri region.

McCormack said concerns will “all be addressed” and the Nationals would ensure if farmers’ use of land is impacted “there is compensation for that”.

There are provisions for those farmers to ensure they are not left high and dry either.

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Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP)

Saddened to hear of the passing of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Under his leadership, Kuwait has played an important role supporting peace and security in the Middle East, and Australia and Kuwait have enjoyed strong trade, investment & defence ties.

September 30, 2020