Gas tax hike: Treasurer sparks energy backlash

Original article by Jamie Walker, Sarah Elks
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 6 : 12-Jun-19

Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad has defended the state government’s decision to increase the royalty on gas production from 10 per cent to 12.5 per cent, arguing that the state’s LNG royalty has been frozen for 10 years. She describes the increase as a "modest measure" given than some countries have LNG royalties of up to 30 per cent. The Budget measure has been criticised by Queensland Resources Council CEO Ian Macfarlane and former federal resources minister Martin Ferguson, who warn of the impact of the move on gas supply and prices.

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Surplus built on coal and more tax

Original article by Mark Ludlow
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 13-Jun-18

The Queensland Government’s June 2018 Budget includes a surplus of $A1.5bn for 2017-18 and just $A148m in 2018-19. The government has also committed to spending $A11.6bn on infrastructure projects in 2018-19 and $A45.8bn over four years. This will contribute to a blowout in the state’s debt to $A83.1bn over the next four years. Revenue from coal royalties have topped $A3.77bn in 2017-18, after coal prices were higher than expected. The government will also raise an additional $A1.8bn via five new taxes over the next four years.

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Coal royalties plunge $3b in Queensland

Original article by Mark Ludlow
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 25-Jun-15

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt says the State Government will achieve an operating surplus in the next four years. However, the July 2015 Budget will include a $A2.988bn write-down of mining royalties over four years, due primarily to the slump in global coal prices. Pitt notes that state revenue will be bolstered by Queensland’s booming residential property market, and says the first-home owners grant will be retained in 2015-16.

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