Gas industry must come clean on polling questions

MEDIA RELEASE – 25 October 2011

Greens mining spokesperson, Jeremy Buckingham has called on the Australian Petroleum Production Exploration Association (APPEA) to release the research conducted by their lobbyist Crosby Textor in its entirety after APPEA selectively released only one question to the media.

“APPEA have been flogging a poll result to the media and on social media, but they have not released the entire set of polling questions.  Given the question the poll result was based upon was question number seven, what were the first six questions?” asked Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“I’m concerned that the first six questions may have biased the poll.  Unless APPEA or Crosby Textor release the entire set of questions, this poll has no credibility.

“Given Crosby Textor have listed APPEA as a client on their lobbyist declaration (http://bit.ly/pXUXAb) , it’s no great surprise that a Crosby Textor poll has found some support for coal seam gas.

“If the first six questions were extolling the virtues of coal seam gas, then how can the seventh polling question be taken seriously?

“While the questions remain secret, the public perception will be that the results are potentially biased.  Either APPEA should release all the questions or they should stop citing this poll.”

A poll commissioned by the Greens and conducted by Galaxy Research found that 68% of Australians wanted a moratorium on coal seam gas and 70% wanted coal seam gas mining prohibited in cities and towns. http://bit.ly/uU0kKb

Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202  or  0419 444 916

 

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