Resources Minister Matt Canavan is misleading the Australian people by linking petrol prices to drilling for oil in the Great Australian Bight, the Greens say.
"Saying that letting big oil drill in the Bight will lower petrol prices is plainly wrong and highly misleading," Greens environment spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
"The Minister is either deliberately lying, or he doesn't know what he's talking about by trying to link current petrol prices to the push for drilling for oil in the Great Australian Bight.
"The Minister has himself said that drilling for oil in the Bight, if approved, wouldn't be in operation for at least a decade. Even then, the oil is earmarked for foreign companies to ship straight overseas, not for use here in Australia.
"Thankfully South Australians are not as easily fooled as the Morrison Government seems to think we are. There is no link between today's petrol prices and the campaign to protect our Bight from devastation of an oil spill. To argue otherwise is a lie.
"South Australians are not willing to risk the devastating impact of an oil spill in the Bight. The jewel in our crown, Kangaroo Island, our tourism and fishing industries, and our precious marine life are too important to risk.
"This hip-pocket manipulation is disrespectful and dishonest to people struggling with mounting cost of living pressures.
"Renewables are on the rise and electric car technology is getting better every day. In 10 years' time, with a bit of ambition and political will, we will be less reliant on fossil fuels. The UN's harrowing climate change report makes plain that we urgently need to phase out fossil fuels. We must heed that warning for the planet, and for our communities.
"There is no social licence to drill in the Great Australian Bight. The Greens stand firm with the South Australian community who want our Bight protected."