Matters relating to the gas explosion at Varanus Island, Western Australia

Matters relating to the gas explosion at Varanus Island, Western Australia

3 December 2008

© Commonwealth of Australia 2008
ISBN 978-1-74229-002-7

View the report as a single document - (PDF 262KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of Committee (PDF 18KB)
Chapter 1 - Background to the Inquiry (PDF 17KB)

Referral and terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Outline of the report
The explosions on Varanus Island

Chapter 2 - Economic Impact (PDF 37KB)

The macroeconomic impact
The economic impact on industries
The regional impact

Chapter 3 - Government Response (PDF 91KB)

Immediate response
Emergency powers and plans
Contingency planning
Consultation with industry
Government involvement in the allocation of available energy
Energy saving measures
Gas Bulletin Board
Government hotlines
The role of Commonwealth Government agencies

Chapter 4 - Response by the energy industry (PDF 47KB)

An overview of the structure of the Western Australian energy industry
Deployment of alternative conventional power sources
Contractual arrangements and prices charged by energy retailers
Industry involvement in the allocation of available energy

Chapter 5 - Energy security and diversifying sources of energy in Western Australia (PDF 33KB)

Energy security strategy
Diversifying sources of gas and energy
Alternative and renewable energy sources
Committee view

Chapter 6 - Conclusions and Recommendations (PDF 21KB)


Coalition Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 61KB)

Government Response to the Crisis
The Role of Minister Logan
Energy Security
Impact on Business
Impact on the South West
Operation of the Bulletin Board
Price Rises
Why Did Gas Supply Problems Continue Past August?

Appendix 1 - Submissions Received (PDF 14KB)
Appendix 2 - Public Hearings and Witnesses (PDF 17KB)
Appendix 3 - Abbreviations (PDF 11KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Economics
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3540
Fax: +61 2 6277 5719