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|On the make: gas and manufacturing in Australia||1.41 MB|
Australia’s purported 'gas-fired recovery' is based on a claim that increasing Australian gas production will benefit the manufacturing industry and, presumably, jobs in manufacturing. This claim is not supported by data or recent experience - from the mid-1980s to 2013 Australia had abundant, low-cost gas, but saw manufacturing employment steadily declined. Australian fossil gas production tripled from 1990 to 2010, and then almost tripled again to 2019, yet gas prices in eastern Australia tripled and manufacturing jobs declined.
Clearly, more gas does not necessarily lead to more employment in manufacturing.