April 4, 2018 17
Tony Abbott isn't merely destabilising Malcolm Turnbull, he's trashing his party's values. And his history shows he simply doesn't believe in the most basic ideas of the Liberal Party.
October 18, 2017 51
There are a few tricks to Malcolm Turnbull's new energy policy. Here's how he did it.
October 17, 2017 14
The government's new energy regulation-based energy policy isn't about trying to avoid a fight with Tony Abbott -- but instead about a desperate government that needs a political weapon.
October 16, 2017 28
The problems of our failed electricity market are the same problems that crop up time and again when market economics is applied to crucial services.
September 13, 2017 17
By prolonging uncertainty around investment in energy generation, the government gives itself scope to keep blaming Labor and renewables for blackouts -- at least until voters wake up to it.
September 11, 2017 5
As interventionism becomes fashionable again, governments will do what they've always done -- play favourites and go after enemies. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.
September 8, 2017 13
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?
September 7, 2017 16
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.
June 21, 2017 22
The Turnbull government is chucking neoliberal dogma overboard as fast as it can to try to keep up with a deeply sceptical electorate.
June 15, 2017 9
The only way back for coal-fired power is via government ownership -- and Soviet-style command economics.
April 5, 2017 7
The proposed "5-minute settlement rule" has the potential to simultaneously address the cause of price spikes and the reliability of the grid, and it would reduce emissions.
February 21, 2017 26
Posturing by business on energy policy is a disguise for self-interest and a demand for more handouts and protection for companies like BlueScope Steel, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.
February 10, 2017 6
While the word to get the most attention this was “sycophant”, Malcolm Turnbull spent a lot more time talking about electricity during the first week of Parliament. A survey of his media appearances, speeches and answers in question time over Parliament’s first week back shows he used the word sycophant a mere five times (to […]
January 19, 2017 11
The politics of successful privatisation are tricky -- but NSW's Mike Baird managed a clever trick for quieting opposition.
October 6, 2016 15
Invoking energy security at all costs is a recipe for gold-plating and higher power bills -- just ask the Productivity Commission.
March 20, 2015
Crikey readers discuss privatisation and mercy for the members of the Bali Nine on death row.
November 11, 2014 18
The BCA's latest energy report exists only to mislead Australians and degrade public debate -- not that you'd read about it.
February 7, 2013 29
Polling has found many people think the cost of living is soaring -- when in fact it's not. Crikey investigates which purchases we're particularly deluded about.
January 17, 2013 5
Some years ago there were dire predictions we might run out of electricity supply during heatwaves. Tony Wood from the Grattan Institute asks what happened to electricity during the last (hot) fortnight.
December 10, 2012 3
The AWU smear campaign appears to have damaged the Prime Minister, halting her personal momentum with voters.