Jim Crosthwaite worked as an environmental economist in the Victorian Government for many years. After lecturing on the economics of climate change, concern about carbon offsetting ultimately led to co-founding Journeys for Climate Justice. Jim also teaches body awareness and stress relief to activists, based on Alexander Technique.
The southern states do not need more fossil gas. Energy needs can be met with existing resources, if smart demand-side tools are employed. Corporations should not be allowed to build new infrastructure to explore, process, store and transport fossil gas. More exploration onshore or offshore is not necessary.