Cancel the Gas and Oil Tenders

The Andrews Labor Government has released five new oil and gas exploration blocks in the offshore Otway Basin in state waters, extending from Port Campbell to the South Australian border. They are part of the national 2018 Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release.

Climate science makes it abundantly clear that time is running out if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change.

The government should cancel the tender process for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Otway Basin in western Victoria.

The state government says that “many Victorian homes and businesses rely on gas and we support new exploration and development of our vast offshore gas resources to ensure long-term supply”. A better option would be to support households and business to energy shift to use renewable energy and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

The time for new fossil fuel is over. It’s time to back the transition to 100% renewables.