Domestic Australian gas users are upset. When the gas export plants currently being developed in Queensland are up and running then they will have to pay world prices for their gas. No more getting cheap energy by the good fortune of being located in a country with large gas supplies but without the facilities to export.
As a major gas exporter, Australia will play a significant role in meeting the energy demands of the developing world while limiting green house emissions – at least compared to the coal and oil alternatives. The calls by domestic companies to ‘help them out’ (perhaps a ‘quantity reserved for domestic use’ like in WA?) is simply a call for a subsidy. So far the government has rejected this – and let’s hope they continue.