Sunday, 28 September 2014
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
It is no coincidence that in giving the clearest sign yet that his government intended to water down the RET, Tony Abbott cited the turbines reaching to the sky at Canberra's gateway, Lake George.
“If you drive down the Federal Highway from Goulburn to Canberra and you look at Lake George, yes there’s an absolute forest of these things on the other side of the lake near Bungendore,” he said.
“I absolutely understand why people are anxious about these things that are sprouting like mushrooms all over the fields of our country. I absolutely understand the concerns that people have.
Newman - chairman of Abbott's Business Advisory Council - also got out of the blocks early this year to soften the political ground for a move on the RET.
"Where is the media scrutiny?" hyper-ventilated Newman in a national newspaper.
Thursday, 12 December 2013
The irony of the decision is that while it struck down ACT same-sex marriage legislation it also was a further step on the way to true marriage equality.
Now the Government cannot hide behind the claim that it does not have the constitutional power to recognise same-sex marriage.
Saturday, 30 November 2013
Prime Exhibit was
Christopher Pyne on ABC Radio this week: ''It's not my fault if some people in the press gallery don't understand the complicated nature of the school funding model."
And what happens when you starve a pack of hungry wolves ? They gorged themselves on the piece of red meat, finding angry school teachers and state education ministers to fill the airwaves and column inches. While its influence is no longer what it used to be, the press gallery still has a large impact on the way many Australians understand and interpret federal politics.
The Abbott Government might think that in the end results will speak louder than words but they take the press gallery for granted at their peril. If a tree falls in the forest and no-one is there is to see it happen, did it really happen ? In contrast, those ministers who assiduously court gallery journalists and do to the talk show show circuit of Sky News and Q&A will always be the ones feted as the strong performers, despite meagre policy records.
However, the more important lesson for the Coalition this week was that it takes Coalition state colleagues for granted at their peril. Pyne committed an A Grade newbie error this week in expecting Liberal education ministers in NSW and Victoria to meekly fall in behind him on education funding. This faux pas was made even worse by the fact he didn't even do state counterparts the courtesy of letting them know beforehand before dropping the story out in the media. Again, a sign of disregard of elementary political and diplomatic due process, something that seems to be an emerging hallmark of the Abbott Government
Monday, 18 November 2013
Either way, another classic Greens rat...k.
Saturday, 9 November 2013
That claim would have had a few energy market experts scratching their heads. Anyone who has taken any time looking at Australian energy markets knows one thing for sure and that is that they are "massively complicated".
And as is becoming increasingly clear, it is not a simple matter of going back to old energy prices come 1 July next year.
The biggest problem confronting energy companies is what happens if the carbon scheme is not repealed by 1 July next year. The Abbott Government has made clear even if the repeal bills are not passed until after 1 July they will take effect retrospectively.
But again, easier than it sounds. For a start, state energy regulators can't make pricing determinations for 2014-15 just on the basis of an "expectation" the carbon scheme will be repealed. As a result, they will need to wait until after repeal to redo retail energy pricing and that will take at best 2-3 months.
During this time, the law is the law and generators will most likely still be passing through the cost of carbon to customers through the retailers.
At the same time, customers will expect to be getting cheaper power and newspapers will be crying blue murder running story after story of pensioners doing it tough.
But it won't be a simple case of refunding retailers and customers 10 percent when the changes come through.
As explained by the Energy Supply Association of Australia, unlike the impact on goods and services of the introduction of the GST in 2001, there is no easy way to calculate what the carbon component is of energy prices.
Then there are all the forward contracts that have been entered into by retailers to hedge against the volatility of the wholesale market that have carbon factored in. Says ESAA: