Essential Report

Coal Seam Gas Mining

Oct 31, 2011

Q. There is currently debate over the exploration and extraction of coal seam gas from farming land, particularly in NSW and Queensland. Do you think Governments should restrict mining of coal seam gas on farming land or do the current regulations balance the interests of farmers and mining companies?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Should restrict coal seam gas mining 50% 52% 48% 74%
Current regulations balance interests of farmers and mining companies 20% 21% 23% 6%
Don’t know 30% 26% 29% 20%

50% think coal seam gas mining should be restricted and 20% think current regulations balance interests of farmers and mining companies. 30% have no opinion.

Labor voters and Liberal/National voters hold similar views but 74% of Greens voters want restrictions.

Those most in favour of restrictions were aged 55+ (61%) and respondents from Queensland (56%) and NSW (54%).

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