Labor flips on offshore gas bill

Labor has announced changes to the offshore gas bill that would have effectively removed powers from the Environment Minister for approvals or knockbacks to new projects. This backflip is thanks to pressure climate organisations and constituents like you on your Labor MPs. About a dozen Labor MPs spoke up in Caucus and pushed for changes to the bill. The Greens and Independents also lobbied for changes to be made. This is great news but there's still work to be done. There needs to be further amendment of the bill to preserve consultation with First Nations peoples who have custodianship of the lands and seas where offshore developments are proposed. You can read more here and here.

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