Michael Roarty


The development of Australia's coal seam gas resources

This briefing note outlines recent developments in this increasingly important part of Australia’s energy sector. The paper is primarily about the extent of this resource and its development (including some environmental matters related to this) but it does not cover the details or controversies relating...

The Australian Resources Sector, its contribution to the nation, and a brief review of issues and impacts

It is undeniable that minerals and energy resource development is a key contributor to the Australian economy, and in particular to the state of Western Australia. The recent 'mining boom' has been much discussed in the last 7 years or so and has brought considerable...

Australia's natural gas: issues and trends

The aim of this paper is to present an overview of the Australian natural gas sector and outline some recent important developments. It also expands on and updates earlier work by the Parliamentary Library on this topic. The paper looks at characteristics of natural gas...

Electricity deregulation outside the New South Wales and Victorian markets

The aim of this note is to outline some of the deregulatory issues that have occurred in recent years outside the dominant National Electricity Market (NEM) of New South Wales and Victoria. The NEM comprises New South Wales, Victoria, the ACT, Queensland, South Australia and...

Fuel ethanol: background and policy issues

The use of fuel ethanol-ethanol blended with petrol-has received considerable negative publicity. This paper examines the background to the controversy and the arguments for and against its use, including as a means of assisting the sugar industry, the environmental benefits and costs, the effects on...