Labor populism under Bill Shorten and Sally McManus, if they deliver on their promises, will make the economy inflexible and weak.
We believe that the government needs to reset in a way that can avoid the current deadlock in the senate as much as possible.
This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to grab more jobs for Queensland, get a better return for the state’s power generation assets, at the same time lowering prices by introducing generation competition, lowering emissions, and potentially creating new industries in a part of Queensland that needs as much help as it can get.
The professor made a number of claims that were just flat out wrong, surprising in an academic with some expertise in this area, having been at one time an electricity regulator.
In a recent visit to the area I was told that immigration was the number one issue by numerous voters. Growth issues came next. Then I got lectures on how we ought to only buy locally grown or made. You can see why One Nation polls well.
Former Queensland Under Treasurer Sir Leo Hielscher might be 91, but he is definitely "not out" yet. His McIlwraith Lecture sparkled with commonsense, leavened by long experience.
The ACCC Electricity supply and prices inquiry final report is a tacit acknowledgement that current strategies for CO2 abatement will not work at an affordable price for consumers.
Advocacy is core business for think tanks, but when does advocacy become propaganda? When the think tank is the grandly named Australia Institute, is one answer.
The Australia Institute claims are emphatically wrong, as shown in Table C.1, taken from the Queensland Budget Papers 2018/2019.
Our latest polling (download from here) shows left of centre voters being more committed and unified than right of centre voters. This is partly due to the continuation of resentment at the way Malcolm Turnbull won the Liberal Party leadership.