That the House:—
(1) Recognises that hydrolic fracturing, or fracking, causes extensive environmental harm, impacts on the water table and is linked to increased risk of seismic activity.
(2) Acknowledges that fracking as a form of resource extraction not only carries extreme environmental and social risk, it has almost zero public support.
(3) Notes that:—
(a) 400 homes were recently surveyed in the Southern Midlands, in Baden, Stonor, Parattah, Whiteford, Tunnack, Mt Seymour, Levendale and Woodsdale; and
(b) the survey found 99.5% of residents confirmed they did not want to live in an industrialised gas field.
(4) Commends residents of the Southern Midlands for the declaration of 'gasfield free' status, joining 379 districts across Australia that have declared themselves 'frack free' communities.
(5) Calls on the Hodgman Liberal Government to place a permanent ban on fracking in Tasmania.