If Australians aren't free to make their own moral judgements, then they are no longer free.
Our panel of 1208 told us that they were on balance having more trouble paying their power bills this year, but were split on the causes, and how much they could afford to pay to meet our Paris Accord commitments.
While electricity prices are a potentially potent electoral issue, voters are so confused about the causes, that it will be very difficult for any government to persuade them of the cure.
The premier should be held to a higher standard than an ordinary citizen, and failing to charge her, and leaving the judgment of her guilt or innocence to the parliament, where she has the numbers, leaves a cloud over her head.
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.