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Turnbull calls for government to scrap moratorium on hydraulic fracturing logo 9/09/2017 Kathleen Gazzola

The Prime Minister has called on the Northern Territory Government to scrap its moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

Malcolm Turnbull was in Darwin this morning to address the annual conference for the Country Liberals party.

During his 25-minute speech Mr Turnbull linked the ban to stopping the north being developed.

"My message to Michael Gunner is pull the trigger," Mr Turnbull said.

"Get on with it. Get on with it."

"The jobs, the investment, the opportunities that come with opening up 180 years of gas that you're sitting on is endless."

NT Labor were elected in a landslide last year on a promise to impose a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing until an independent scientific inquiry was carried out.

That is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, at which point the Government will decide whether to allow fracking or ban it entirely.

It's estimated there's more than 200 trillion cubic feet of gas resources in six onshore basin in the NT, which would potentially provide enough gas to power Australia for more than 200 years.

Mr Turnbull also blamed Bill Shorten and Federal Labor for Australia's energy crisis. "It's has been created by Labor left ideology and incompetence.. Blackout Bill, fair dinkum, as my old dad would have said, he is so hopeless he could not find his backside with both hands."

Mr Turnbull is expected to leave the Top End later on Saturday.

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