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Nationalisation back on the agenda in politicians’ power panic

Nationalisation back on the agenda in politicians’ power panic

Bernard Keane September 12, 2017 26 Comments

As politicians panic about the energy crisis they themselves have created, some old ideas are suddenly fashionable again.

The Liberal war on industry super fought on ever more obscure fronts

The Liberal war on industry super fought on ever more obscure fronts

Bernard Keane September 12, 2017 8 Comments

The Liberal party is continuing its efforts to demonise the industry super sector despite the role of employer groups, and its successful performance.

There might never be a deal to end the climate wars

There might never be a deal to end the climate wars

Bernard Keane September 8, 2017 13 Comments

While everyone has assumed the Prime Minister wants to get a Clean Energy Target through his partyroom, what if his goal is actually to demonise Labor instead?

The day the right didn’t like market forces, when coal-fired power was on the line

The day the right didn’t like market forces, when coal-fired power was on the line

Bernard Keane September 7, 2017 16 Comments

Let free markets and private capital operate unencumbered by regulation, the right demands. Until, um, free markets produce results they have an ideological problem with.

Welcome to Honest Mal’s Used Coal-Fired Power Plants

Welcome to Honest Mal’s Used Coal-Fired Power Plants

Bernard Keane September 6, 2017 16 Comments

Would you buy a used coal-fired power station from this man? Malcolm Turnbull insists we need to keep running old coal-fired plants to keep the lights on.

Nuclear depression: brother, can you spare US$25.7 billion?

Nuclear depression: brother, can you spare US$25.7 billion?

Bernard Keane September 1, 2017 14 Comments

Nuclear power is affordable, says the Minerals Council. But the market (and power companies) beg to differ.

Clean Energy Target: Labor should let them eat coal

Clean Energy Target: Labor should let them eat coal

Bernard Keane August 31, 2017 8 Comments

It's time for compromise on a Clean Energy Target -- set it to allow for coal, and wait for investors to show up to build new coal-fired power plants. The catch is, it's unlikely any will.

The bank culture talkfest has failed. It’s time for action.

The bank culture talkfest has failed. It’s time for action.

Bernard Keane August 29, 2017 12 Comments

Banking regulators have been focusing on financial industry culture for years, but it hasn't halted the stream of bank scandals. It's time to stop talking about culture and act.

Oops — government, employers caught lying on construction costs

Oops — government, employers caught lying on construction costs

Bernard Keane August 29, 2017 5 Comments

The government insists union thuggery has seen construction costs skyrocket. There's only one problem -- construction costs have actually fallen ...

Commonwealth ‘culture’ inquiry — right idea, wrong inquirer

Commonwealth ‘culture’ inquiry — right idea, wrong inquirer

Crikey August 28, 2017 3 Comments

The banking regulator has announced it will conduct an independent inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank's culture. It's a good idea -- but someone else should be doing it, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.