A rural headache for the Coalition’s energy strategy

The Coalition shouldn't ignore the demands of Australian farmers, but accommodating their concerns about an expanding onshore energy industry with the party's energy objectives won't be easy.

One of the challenges for a Coalition federal government in its new iteration of the energy white paper is that it cannot afford to ignore the voices from the bush.

However, as the government is finding with the new free trade agreements, the farmers are frequently singing from different hymnals to those in use elsewhere in the nation – and asking for things that are unlikely to be delivered.

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