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How to extricate yourself from an energy policy jam

October 18, 2017 51

There are a few tricks to Malcolm Turnbull's new energy policy. Here's how he did it.

Coalition racks up yet another energy policy, this one more to Abbott’s taste

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.

Australian neoliberalism meets its conqueror: electricity

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.

Could energy uncertainty be the gift that keeps on giving for Turnbull?

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.

Turnbull plays favourites as pre-Keating economics become ‘cool’ again

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.

There might never be a deal to end the climate wars

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?

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

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.

The surprisingly quick death of neoliberalism in Australia is underway

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.

In Christensen’s Soviet Union, coal-fired power burns you!

June 15, 2017 9

The only way back for coal-fired power is via government ownership -- and Soviet-style command economics.

The five-minute solution to Australia’s energy crisis

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.