T HE cowardice of Australia’s largest coal miner Glencore in bowing to activist pressure and capping its coal production torches the reputation of coal by implying coal mining is unethical.
I originally thought the Financial Services Royal Commission was unnecessary. Then I heard the evidence, and I changed my mind. Having read the recommendations of Commissioner Hayne, my first opinion might as well have been right.
Labor's two-pronged housing affordability package has them rowing the same boat in both directions, expending a lot of taxpayer dollars and going nowhere.
The odds are that Labor will win the Victorian election, but there is a narrow gate through which the Liberal Nationals could pass to government. It could also swing open for the Greens.
Are these types of assessments legal questions or are they just politics dressed up as law in order to remove them from the political sphere and transfer them to a lawyerly caste of judges?
If Australians aren't free to make their own moral judgements, then they are no longer free.
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.
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.