1 In the absurdly reported news of South Australia’s power blackout where Coalition MPs, including the Prime Minister, fell backwards over each other to can renewable energy, I found it reprehensible having to watch our senior politicians and commentators flogging their anti-renewables message on the back of a once in 50 year storm that knocked out the electricity grid.
I wonder if it occurred to anyone that the towers themselves might not have been constructed to withstand the power of once in 50 year cyclones. Just a thought.
And of course when doing so they were actually dismissing the very answer to the problem. The once pro-climate change Prime Minister who believed in renewable energy has now completed a full-on conversion to Neo-Liberalism. He has fooled those, and the likes of me, who thought he might bring dignity, transparency and reason to the Australian body politic.
Whereas once I thought he was simply a captive of the right of the Liberal Party, and had some sympathy for his position, I have belatedly reached the conclusion that I was wrong; he is actually part of it.
The promise of a Liberal respectable face was just an illusion. He seemed to be suggesting that a once in 50 year’s storm event was all Labor’s fault.
“We are given the gift of foresight however, we choose to be reactive rather than proactive. Why is it so?”
In the middle of what was a genuine crisis the Prime Minister chose to politicise the matter and turn it into an avalanche of spin against Renewable Energy. At a time when Germany is approaching baseline power Turnbull wants to reduce our renewable targets.
Barnaby Joyce, as a committed climate denier, was spewing his usual amount of bullshit. In three separate interviews, without acknowledging the actual cause, he blamed everything and everybody to do with wind power. As is usual he made a complete fool of himself.
Josh Frydenberg was casually trying to take a punt each way, while looking like he wanted to go to sleep.
Not to be left out Nick Xenophon blatantly played the SA political card with an emotional “power guarantee” play.
All in all it was a bad look for the Government at a time when the polls show the pendulum has swung back to urgent action on climate change. Every one shouts reliability and cost as though they think there shouldn’t be a cost in ensuring the future of the planet. And there was Turnbull on Friday doing door stops saying; “Do we want to reduce emissions? Yes we do”. “Do we want renewables? Yes we do”.
All the time knowing that there is not an environmental scientist or an economist who thinks we have a hope in hell of reducing our emissions to 23% by 2020.
Assoc Prof Saddler said:
“The only real way to avoid it is to build more transmission lines, but that comes down to the economics and how much governments are prepared to pay for security against an event like this which is rare”.
“We all incur a cost for the upkeep of our health. Why then should we not be liable for the cost of a healthy planet”.
Perhaps Victoria Rollison summed it up perfectly in her post on The AIMN on Thursday when she wrote:
“Shame on these so-called journalists. Shame on them for playing the game and turning everything into a contest, when the audience deserves better. Shame on them for failing in their responsibility to uphold the values of truth and objectivity in news reporting. Shame on them for undermining their profession and neglecting to do their job. Shame, shame, shame”.
2 Talking about polls, you may have noticed that the Coalition has taken a dip and Labor now leads 52/48 in both Newspoll and Essential. They also show that the Coalition primary vote is on a slow downward trend. It is now lower than when Tony Abbott was PM. Of course at this stage of the cycle the Government shouldn’t be concerned.
3 What they do show however, is that the results can be as a result of single order policy decisions, or even the lack of them.
In this case it is marriage equality. The latest Newspoll suggests voters want Parliament to legislate for same-sex marriage if they can’t get their favoured option of a plebiscite. Yes, public opinion has turned around on this one. They have seen it for the hoax that it is and are asking why the politicians are asking us to do the job that we elected them to do.
That’s what is effecting the polls and this nonsensical tirade about ‘renewables’ might also ensure a similar public outcry.
The longer Bill Shorten stretches this out the more silly the Government will look. This week we have had George Christenson and Cori Bernardi making ridiculous claims about photographers and wedding cake bakers. Both of them want these professions to be able to do something they already can. I kid you not. The right to refuse service.
4 What a fiasco the ‘backpackers tax’ turned out to be. After having created mass uncertainty for farmers, agriculture and tourism sectors at the end of what was just bad policy, the Treasurer was describing it as a compromise when in actual fact it was a backflip. One that took this highly educated bunch over a year to make a decision.
5 An $800 million lemon. That’s what the NBN’s purchase of Optus HFC Network turned out to be. All the time Malcolm Turnbull has been travelling the country lecturing about the benefits of his multi-technologies NBN and we now learn the Optus Network was a dud and will now connect 700,000 customers to FTTdp.
Remember it was less than a year ago that Turnbull was hosing down reports that the network was unusable.It might end up the way we are going that our NBN might end up the worst in the world.
You would think after spending $800 million on a dud that the Government might come under some criticism for such a bad decision. But all is quiet, yet the evidence would suggest that Malcolm Turnbull has been perpetuating a major deception on the Australian people.
“There is no point building a National Broadband Network for today when what we desperately need is one that can cope with the technologies of tomorrow”.
My thought for today.
“The young are so busy discovering themselves, the world they live in and their place in it that they are apt to neglect the fact that it is they who are the custodians of tomorrow.”
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