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So how cheap is renewable energy?

March 4, 2018 - 11:38 -- Admin

This table from Peter Rees is an interesting analysis of proposed power plants for South Australia. At a time when zealots are claiming that so-called renewables (wind and solar) are cheaper than alternatives, the reality of building costs says otherwise. The notes and commentary are Peter’s as well. The three renewable projects will produce a […]

Corporatisation of political parties

May 17, 2017 - 09:15 -- Admin

Hillary Clinton has just started a new movement called Onwards Together to “resist” Donald Trump. It is similar to her campaign slogan “Stronger Together”, but if you translated it into French you would probably call it something like “En Marche”, which is the name of Emmanuel Macron’s new political party. In turn Macron’s party name […]

How is that “Fair Expectations of Behaviour” policy going?

November 14, 2016 - 21:29 -- Admin

Yesterday I wrote about the Department of Housings boast of having a more efficient system, labelled “Fair Expectations of Behaviour” for managing poorly behaved social welfare housing tenants than the Newman government’s “Three strikes” policy. My criticism was based on their own figures, but there is nothing like some anecdotal evidence to round things out, […]

De-Newmanisation not working #1

November 13, 2016 - 17:37 -- Admin

Queensland Housing Minister Mick de Brenni’s determination to return welfare housing to its Soviet-style past provides the latest natural experiment into what public policy approaches work best. The “iconoclasts” of the Queensland ALP seem determined to obliterate the three years of the Newman government, no matter that voters, including their own heartland, will be hurt. […]