Anti-CSG film slammed as unrealistic 'fear campaign'

AN OIL and gas industry advocate body has described an anti-coal seam gas film that received more than $550,000 in taxpayers' money as unrealistic.

The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association also warned people against taking investment advice from the star of the movie, Frackman.

Frackman star and anti-CSG activist Dayne Pratzky this week launched a campaign encouraging people to remove their money from banks and superannuation banks funding the CSG industry.

He hopes $100 million will be moved by the end of the year.

APPEA spokesperson Kieran Murphy said the body cautioned people against "taking investment advice from those involved in fear campaigns to stop gas supply, jobs and regional investment".

He said Frackman bore little resemblance to reality and scientific and government bodies' CSG-related work.

"It's also instructive the film is not playing in areas of Queensland where communities and gas industry are working to mutual benefit," Mr Murphy said.

"Natural gas from coal seams... is also a commodity whose production is underpinned by science and world-leading technology that minimises risk to the environment."

Frackman is described as a story about an accidental activist's struggle against international gas companies.

Mr Pratzky said earlier this week it would be nearly impossible to stop the CSG industry if "we keep investing in it through our banks and super funds".

Mr Murphy said it was unfortunate hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayers' money was wasted on a "deliberately spurious" production.

Screen Australia contributed about $200,000 to the film, Screen Queensland $200,000, and Screen West $156,000.

On Frackman's website the film's co-producer, Trish Lake, said the government funding was an issue of free speech.

"It could not be more obvious that freedom of speech is why (filmmakers) exist and why there's such a huge outpouring of concern because there are people who don't want to see that sort of freedom," she said.

APN Newsdesk was unsuccessful in contacting Mr Pratzky for a response to APPEA's comments.


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