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“Protectionist” domgas policies a threat: Conoco

ConocoPhillips’ Australian head has warned domestic gas reservation policies and anti-industry activism could threaten the development of a viable market in Western Australia.

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The idea that WA DOES NOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO use its OWN gas is unacceptable. The premier of WA(& others before him) have had to stand up to these multinationals who believe that WA's resources belong soley to them. The natural resources of a nation utilised in the correct way lead to wealth generation for all its people. Not just a bunch of greedy overseas mining organisations.

Your advocation of protectionisn is short sighted and one of ideology rather than pragmatism. Protectionism had many long term negative effects for the country it is supposed to protect. Free trade will provide jobs and wealth for the the people.

So called "free trade" is an academic's fantasy, it has never existed and never will. Not looking after WA's best interests over some foreign company's bottom line is short sighted.

You mean the foreign companies that invest hugely in Australia and provide jobs for Australians? You mean the 85% of the mining companies in Australia that are foreign owned? Protectionism will not look after WAs' best interest especially the sort fuelled by xenophobia. And how has 'free trade' never existed?

Is it not the case that the explorers are aware of the Policy before they spend money on exploration? if that is the case then they should expect little sympathy if they subsequently try to move the goalposts to enhance their bottom line. John of Perth

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