Not sure if anyone has noticed that Santos is getting cold feet about Shaw River Power Station. The deal is literally at the printers -- apparently Santos cannot find someone to sign off on the thing. Economics of the idea are all whacked -- the suspicion is that they were banking on the CPRS to make its gas-fired CCGT power station economic in the Victorian market.

Last Friday the ALP national executive announced a "rank-and-file" preselection for the seat of Macquarie. That same day, before the actual meeting itself, Sydney's Daily Telegraph announced the outcome -- that the Left's Susan Templeman would be the candidate.