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Tell the Albanese government: its time for a national Energy Transition Authority!

Australia has traditionally relied on coal fired power stations to meet its energy needs. This is now rapidly changing, as renewable energy and storage becomes cheaper and older coal fired power stations become ever more expensive to run and less reliable. 

Friends of the Earth has long argued for the need for a national Just Transition Authority

Now, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has issued a call for the Albanese government to establish an independent and properly resourced national Energy Transition Authority to manage an orderly and fair transition process for affected workers – including support for redeployment, skills and training, and secure job opportunities.

Friends of the Earth supports this call and encourages our members and supporters to sign the letter below, which will go to the prime minister Anthony Albanese.

You can find details on the ACTU proposal in their Secure Jobs for a Safer Climate report.


SIGN NOW: Ask the government to build a fossil gas and oil rig recycling centre. Petition

Sitting off Australia's coast are scores of rusting fossil gas and oil rigs, hundreds of wells and thousands of kilometres of pipeline, all of which need to be retired over coming years.

In addition, 2600 platforms, amounting to 7.5 million tonnes of steel, will need to be decommissioned across the Indo-Pacific region over the next decade. 

Help us to urge the Federal Government to seize this opportunity to transform offshore gas and oil rig decommissioning in Australia by forming a new industry that will create thousands of direct and indirect jobs.

The growing number of redundant gas and oil assets off the WA coast would be towed or shipped to a large onshore facility to be cleaned and scrapped, with the steel and other products recycled.

The new facility would be paid for by an extension to the existing offshore decommissioning levy, and any profits would be granted to the area’s Traditional Owners, the Kariyarra people.

An ARRC, funded by this federal, industry-wide levy, would ensure oil and gas firms now enjoying extraordinary financial windfalls would pay, themselves, for the clean-up of drilling sites, rather than writing decommissioning off on tax, at the expense of the Australian population as happens now.


Jeff Waters

Offshore Gas Campaigner

[email protected]


TAKE ACTION: End Forests Logging

Forests are too precious to be logged, and with the Victorian government's recent announcement to end native forest logging by Jan 1 2024, it’s time for other states to follow suit. We need the Federal Government to step in, and place a national ban on widespread logging for commercial and extractivist purposes.

We need our forests protected for climate, biodiversity and First Nations justice.

Send a letter to the environment minister today, calling on her to take action, asking for much needed reform to the EPBC Act and for the long term protection of forests across Australia.