When culture war games trend lethal

The right-wing ecosphere throws an idiot ball into the civic discourse with…

The year ahead

Most people turn away from politics over the holiday period when the…

Cutting Your Power Bills In Half And Other…

A few years ago there was a scam where people were promised…

Values Based Capitalism: The Imperative of Defining Commitment…

By Denis Bright Editorial insiders at The Weekend Australian (28-29 January 2023)…

A walk in the forest

Bayerischer Wald can be just as hard to get to than it…

An Emergent Premier Chris Minns - Uniting Sydney…

By Denis Bright After more than a decade in Opposition, NSW Labor is…

Forget Australia Day And Celebrate: Rum Rebellion Day…

After pointing out for a number of years that January 26th isn't…

Whither Constitutional Change?

Within a very short space of time, we are going to be…

«
»
Facebook

Peter Dutton’s Plan For Cutting Energy Prices!

It’s been a good week for Peter Dutton because – now that the Albanese government has announced something on energy prices – Dutton knows what it is that he’s against. For the past few weeks, he’s been reluctant to express a view on the subject in case it turns out that Labor have ruled it out and he’ll be left agreeing with them.

Energy prices have created something of a wicked problem. A wicked problem, as I’m sure some of you know, is a problem where each solution potentially creates a new problem that may or may not be harder to solve than the initial problem. As you can see, the Coalition found wicked problems all the time when they were in government which was their reason for doing as little as possible in the hope that by not making things worse, we would be grateful and give them another term of government where they could point out that we’d dodged a bullet because Labor and The Greens are the sort of people who try to fix problems and look where that can lead.

Anyway, I heard the head of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, Samantha McCulloch, explain the wickedness of capping gas at $12 a gigajoule by telling us that it could create long-term problems because it would take away the incentive to find more supply which would lead to higher prices in the future… which sort of suggests to me that you have an incentive to find gas now because of the higher future prices but then I’m just someone who asks questions and not someone who has all the answers. The other point she went on to make was that most gas contracts were long-term and that the long-term price was around $12 a gigajoule anyway and that the cap would only affect the spot price… which also begs the question that if the long-term price is only $12 a gigajoule and if you cap it at this short term then there’s no incentive, doesn’t this mean that there’s already no incentive?

Whatever, it’s been a godsend for Peter Dutton because he can now agree with the fossil fuel industry and this should make him even more electable than the articles in the paper explaining that if you take the time and get to know Peter over a few drinks then you’d find that his public persona isn’t the same laugh a minute guy who can tell you jokes like: “How many AFP officers does it take to not investigate a Liberal minister?” Answer: “All of them!” Yes, Peter really is quite warm-hearted and you surely remember the ringing endorsement from his wife: “He’s not a monster. Not really.”

Or something like that.

I must say though, that I don’t really care that politicians are nice guys who love their children, dogs, wives, and mistresses, even if it is in that order. My point is that I want a politician who can actually get things done. And when I say, ‘get things done’, I mean things that should be done. There was really something strange about Scott Morrison’s suggestion that they promised an integrity commission but Labor didn’t like the one that they wanted so they didn’t show anyone because they knew that nobody would like it.

No, there was something much more appealing about Mark Dreyfus actually getting legislation for an integrity commission through both Houses even if it wasn’t everything that everyone wanted.

So what’s the big plan that the Liberals have on energy prices?

Well, from what I can work out it seems that their plan is not to cap prices and to encourage a gas-led recovery from Covid and that will mean that we’ve all got plenty of gas and…

Oh wait, that was Mr Morrison’s plan that he didn’t implement because he can’t do everything.

Let’s see… The plan now seems to be to take the restrictions off nuclear energy and in about ten years or so, we should have plenty of cheap nuclear power with a reactor in every home.

Mm, that doesn’t seem to fix the price of my next gas or electricity bill. No, I don’t think the Liberals are on a winner there, even if they’re on a winner with nice guy Pete.

The only thing that confuses me is that Dutton was so unpopular within his own party that they elected Morrison rather than let him become PM.

I guess they just didn’t know him well enough!

 

 

Like what we do at The AIMN?

You’ll like it even more knowing that your donation will help us to keep up the good fight.

Chuck in a few bucks and see just how far it goes!

Your contribution to help with the running costs of this site will be gratefully accepted.

You can donate through PayPal or credit card via the button below, or donate via bank transfer: BSB: 062500; A/c no: 10495969

Donate Button

 6,790 total views,  4 views today

11 comments

Login here Register here
  1. Brad Black

    Doesn’t sound like spud has given battery storage from solar panels much thought. Or perhaps he has, but just can’t get his boofhead around it.

  2. New England Cocky

    The member corporations of the APPEA pay little or no taxation to the Australian government while exporting Australian LNG over transport infrastructure built with Australian taxpayer funds. Then too many of the Nazional$ have progressed from politics to fossil fuel corporate executives who have been prepared to jeopardise Australia’s international standing to benefit their new employer corporations.
    .
    Now which COALition pollie was responsible for bugging the negotiations between Australia and Timor Leste resulting in whistle-blowers being persecuted to ”protect the reputation” of the former pollie? What scarce gas was excluded for the benefit of the Australian fossil fuel corporation? Why is this particular pollie being protected by the establishment?
    .
    It would be really nice to have elected politicians representing the best interests of Australian voters rather than improving their personal pecuniary interests at public expense.

  3. Cool Pete

    An Oxford Education was wasted on Tone The Botty. Any education was wasted on Potty Boy. Potty Boy has no idea.

  4. Michael Taylor

    By Dutton’s logic, a torch won’t work at night.

  5. wam

    I have been a port man since I could recognise the trill of a magpie. I have lived with all non-port croweaters supporting all teams who are playing ports. These same people are crows and cannot accept that I and my family do not act like genuine south aussies and support the crows except in the showdown. They have no memory of their anti-port behaviour because that is an historical right and not relevant to me rejecting the crows. No lib PM except morrison, stood for re-election, is that not a significant tactic by the libs? Morrison, like any drover’s dog, defeated dutton for PM, Rossleigh. He fluked an election but his arrogance lost. Who wants to challenge dutton for the opposition job?? ps
    Brad, My conspiracy theory that follows the gift to turnbull, is that every canberra pollie has a publicly paid solar panels and a battery. If so then all state pollies have sneaked them as well. As a cynic, I suspect some pollies have rorted the definition of their ‘residence’ and got some investment properties wired up. As for dutton, I cannot imagine a retired copper much less a boofhead, going from a paltry $1m on entry to canberra to $30+m, now?

  6. Terence Mills

    Poor old Spudley he really thinks that if the sun’s not shining and the winds not blowing your batteries won’t work – perhaps if he puts his batteries in the sun for a few hours and blows on them.

    I feel sorry* for those who supported the once proud Liberal party, now seeing their party being buried by this nincompoop.

    Keep digging, Spud !

    not really

  7. Clakka

    The new rule; when the Duttonate’s in a quandary and all eyes are expectant, stay dug-in and obdurate. “Quandary, what quandary?” you might ask. They’re awaiting the consternation of Jacinta and the subsequent policy pronouncements of the unfortunately grave and decisive Littleproud and the band of nodders. All as Barnaby turns water into wine.

    Y’see, now they’re all about renewables, you just have to doff yer cap.

  8. Jack sprat

    The makeover campaign of Spud by the MSM into a more likable kind of guy ,has been labeled as “Dutton dressed as lamb”

  9. Fred

    Clakka: IFAIK, Barnaby has a long history of “turning wine into (polluted) water”.

    Rossleigh: Clearly Spudly did not major in physics/chemistry/science while in high school, otherwise he would have a basic understanding how something as simple as rechargeable battery works. That begs the questions, does he have ANY understanding:
    1) Of how a nuclear reactor works,
    2) That unless the reactor is thorium based it potentially will go “bang” if not operated correctly,
    3) The total carbon used in building, refueling, waste recycling/disposal/storage, decommissioning and tear-down is much greater than renewables, and
    4) The cost per MWH produced is greater than renewables.

  10. Fred

    Clakka: IFAIK, Barnaby has a long history of “turning wine into (polluted) water”.

    Rossleigh: Clearly Spudly did not major in physics/chemistry/science while in high school, otherwise he would have a basic understanding how something as simple as rechargeable battery works. That begs the questions, does he have ANY understanding:
    1) Of how a nuclear reactor works,
    2) That unless the reactor is thorium based it potentially will go “bang” if not operated correctly,
    3) The total carbon used in building, refueling, waste recycling/disposal/storage, decommissioning and tear-down is much greater than renewables, and
    4) The cost per MWH produced is greater than renewables with storage.

  11. Andy56

    Spud is a classic liberal dud. He hasnt done the homework so pulls out another ” not labor” policy.
    Reform his image? Your joking, with every breath he confirms he is what what he always showed.
    A knuckle dragger. Proposing nuclear power and more gas blows any pretence at climate understanding and economics in one go. Why, gas prices are fucking us up now, so lets go harder. The libs did bring us the magic policy of fraudband. They certainly think ” not labor policy” is better. I want to know why they think 1+1=3.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The maximum upload file size: 2 MB. You can upload: image, audio, video, document, spreadsheet, interactive, text, archive, code, other. Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded. Drop file here

Return to home page
%d bloggers like this: