Category: Deregulation

Sep 02 2013

Will Abbott hand power to multinationals?

Last month I argued there was little difference between Australia’s two major political parties at this election, but I’ve recently discovered there is actually a big difference. It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and it could take away Australia’s power to regulate transnational corporations, yet few citizens have even heard of it. The TPP is …

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Aug 24 2013

Tony Abbott’s manipulation of public perception

Australia’s Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says in today’s newspaper: The problem with the Parliament at the moment is that almost nothing is ever said which isn’t basically crude political head-banging. Both sides are guilty but I think that as prime minister Gillard was particularly bad at it. Abbott’s hypocrisy is staggering. In reality, it is …

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Jan 31 2013

Liberals Part 5: Are they hiding a radical agenda?

This is the fifth part of a series examining the Liberal Party of Australia. Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 examine the party’s climate policies. Part 4 debunks their allegations that the incumbent government is illegitimate. This part argues they are hiding a radical agenda of deregulation and austerity. The countdown has begun: 226 …

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Jan 11 2013

Liberals Part 1: Climate denial and deregulation

Almost all of my posts to date have focused on criticizing Australia’s incumbent Labor government. I have written very little about the alternate Liberal/National Coalition government. But as we enter an election year, it is time to examine the Liberals’ policies. Can the Liberals be trusted? To begin with, it is worth noting that the …

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Dec 06 2012

Climate deregulation still on agenda

It’s called the COAG Taskforce on Regulatory and Competition Reform, and don’t be fooled by the boring name: it could be the gravestone of Australian climate policies and environmental regulation. Today Prime Minister Julia Gillard meets with the unelected Business Advisory Forum (BAF), and tomorrow with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), to advance this …

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Oct 24 2012

The fossil-fuelled war on renewables

In recent months, ~2 GW of Australian coal-fired electricity generation has been closed temporarily or permanently (~2.5 GW in winter), comparable to the 2 GW that would have been closed by the abandoned policy of contracts-for closure. Some might conclude Australia is finally beginning its transition to a low- or zero-carbon economy, and we can …

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Sep 18 2012

Why the RET review matters

Last week, I made a submission to the Climate Change Authority review of Australia’s federal Renewable Energy Target (RET). In August, the Climate Change Authority released an Issues Paper on the review, inviting public submissions (which closed on 14 September, but you can still have your say in a poll by the Australian Youth Climate …

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Sep 05 2012

No closure for coal power

Australia’s climate policy just got even worse. Last year when the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee agreed a carbon price, they also agreed a number of complementary measures, many arguably better than the carbon price itself. One of them was a floor price; it was scrapped last week. Another was that the Government would pay electricity …

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Aug 21 2012

What would rumored carbon tax changes mean?

It is rumored in the newspapers that the Australian Government is considering certain changes to its carbon price. I have been mulling over this for ten days because it’s difficult to assess the overall implications of an unconfirmed proposal lacking full details, and I have mixed feelings as some aspects of the rumored proposals are …

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Aug 17 2012

Gillard’s policy slammed by… younger Gillard

Charles Berger from the Australian Conservation Foundation has unearthed a very interesting episode in our Prime Minister’s past. In 1999, then-backbencher Julia Gillard criticized the Howard government for trying to delegate to the state government its decision-making power on a proposed toxic waste dump in her electorate: I rise to speak to this legislation because …

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