July, 2018

The Turnbull Syndrome: why we can’t trust our governments any more

, Jul 17, 2018

Australians don't trust Turnbull or his government because they keep stuffing up -- but their poor governance is as much to do with ideology and malice as much as incompetence.

ACCC report says little new, but demonstrates the painful arc of neoliberalism

, Jul 11, 2018

There's no mystery or scandal about how we ended up with a badly flawed electricity market — it has followed the broader path of neoliberal reforms in Australia.

The 10 truths Malcolm Turnbull can’t utter

, Jun 18, 2018

For all his power, there are certain truths Malcolm Turnbull can't admit for fear of infuriating the right.

Timor-Leste’s problems run deeper than a hung parliament, and they begin with Australia

, Mar 01, 2018

With a new energy deal with Australia on the table, and with an end to a year of political gridlock in sight, the future should be bright for Timor-Leste. But will it fall pray to the same pattern of corruption that led it here?

Crikey Worm: Labor states not happy with Turnbull’s energy plan

, Oct 18, 2017

Good morning, early birds. The next COAG "meeting" is shaping up to be more of an all-in brawl after Labor state governments announced their acute displeasure with Malcolm Turnbull's new energy plan, and the Yes vote is pulling ahead. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

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

, Oct 17, 2017

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.

Should we take responsibility for energy policy away from the government?

, Oct 11, 2017

If kicking the politicians out of policymaking is good enough in monetary policy, why isn't it good enough in energy?

Another day, another Turnbull gas press conference

, Sep 28, 2017

Having recycled his Snowy Hydro announcement, the Prime Minister is now recycling announcements about securing gas supply. At least he's getting stuck into Labor though.

Gas crisis: warning! warning! warning! Um, what comes next?

, Sep 26, 2017

Gas companies should be careful - the Prime Minister really will use a gas reservation. He will, you know! Don't try him! And what does the competition regulator think of all this?

Nationalisation back on the agenda in politicians’ power panic

, Sep 12, 2017

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