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The Power and the Passion



(NOTE: I do not advocate you do this. If you do, do so, I am not to blame)

Hmm power in a phone line. Interesting. So you would then assume that since fewer people are having landlines, power usage should be going down and not up right?

Electricity and Carbon pricing are a hot political ticket of late. Supposedly we can not have one without the other. Yet looking at my bill of late, it seems we have. If you talk to those in the energy industry, they say that the price is going up because we DON’T have a price on carbon. If you talk to those in the mining industry we sorely need one. And if you talk to the OECD, it’s a sooner than later kind of thing.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has given the Government a thumbs up for the idea of a minerals resource rent tax, but has warned the tax rate is too low.

The organisation is recognised around the world as the group to turn to for advice on achieving sustainable economic growth and raising living standards.

It says Australia should adopt a carbon price sooner rather than later, saying delays have increased uncertainty in the energy sector.


We have heard this before right?

Doubts were raised about how a state scheme would merge with any national emissions trading scheme when the Prime Minister, John Howard, released his emissions trading report in May, according to The Sydney Morning Herald (11/9/2007, p.2).

Energy-saving devices no longer economical: The New South Wales carbon price, already languishing around $11 a tonne, had fallen further in July, when Howard appeared to exclude demand management and energy efficiency abatement from the scheme. At $6, it was no longer econ omical for companies such as Easy Being Green, Neco and Fieldforce to install light bulbs, low-flow showerheads and other energy-saving devices into homes free or at heavily discounted prices. Paul Gilding, CEO of Easy Being Green, said the scheme’s most cost-effective and efficient way of cutting greenhouse gas pollution would disappear. “That will be a tragedy,” he said. “This is the scheme that is cutting greenhouse gas pollution at the mass consumer level.”

Hmm that was in September 2007. So coal went down. And electricity prices went up. At least my bills did. So using that thinking, if the price of coal went up, electricity prices MUST go down. Right?


So what is the solution? I look to the markets. The answer is to put a price on carbon. This could be a carbon tax, though I believe the best option is to introduce an emissions trading system that allows the market to set the price. In this scenario, nuclear power can then be evaluated by the market in competition with alternatives, be that coal with carbon capture and storage, renewable technologies such as wind and solar, or many other established and emerging possibilities.



Greenhouse emissions … are best addressed by a separate carbon tax or a system of tradable emission permits. These would apply to business inputs because they are correcting a market failure. (Just before the summary)

I could go on. This has been debated by both sides for more than 10 years. It’s time for the parties to stop playing with their genitals and get on with it.

I could go on. This has been debated by both sides for more than 10 years. It’s time for the parties to stop playing with their genitals and get on with it.

Hmm. That was strange? Hmm. That was strange?



There has been a change in the words of Scott Morrison overnight.

“Our view is that those who are in extreme situations around the world should not have to wait any longer,” Mr Morrison said.

“The coalition has been a passionate supporter of the refugee and humanitarian program over decades.”


This Pantene like change is now being sought by hair shampoo companies as prior to this, even they could only promise that it would not happen overnight.

Morrison has gone from virtually calling refugees as disease carrying vermin that should be not allowed to soil Australian earth and instead be pushed off to Nauru to this seemingly mother Theresa like statement. I say seemingly, because if you scratch away the thin filthy veneer of his comments, you are left sniffing the fart of his political goals.

After shoving his face into every camera and declaring we should turn back refugees on the high seas, he is now claiming that we open our arms and greet them. But of course there is venom in his sugar.

Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison says the crowding out of the refugee humanitarian program by asylum seekers arriving on boats is becoming a major issue.

“This is one of the many consequences that flow from an unprecedented, historic level of boat arrivals to Australia,” he told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

“This highlights the absolute moral conundrum of this issue.

“Someone will always wait longer.”

Australia’s refugee and humanitarian intake is set at 13,750 with 6000 of those places going to refugees mandated by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and referred to Australia for resettlement.

The opposition wants 10,000 of those places to go to people waiting in offshore camps with the remainder to be offered to those arriving by boat and other onshore applicants.

Let’s take a look at some of the facts shall we? (click on picture for full image)

The offshore component of the Humanitarian Program is made up of two main streams:

The Refugee Program is for people subject to persecution in their home country and in need ofresettlement. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) refers most applicants under this category for resettlement.

The Special Humanitarian Program (SHP) targets people who are outside their home country andare subject to substantial persecution and/or discrimination in their home country amounting to a gross violation of their human rights. Applications for the SHP visa (subclass 202) must be supported by a proposer who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or a communityorganisation based in Australia. SHP entrants must meet health and character tests. Proposersassist with the provision of settlement support.

SOURCE: (page 129)

By calling for the raising of the UN refugee numbers, what Mr Morrison is calling for is a reduction of those who are taken in under the Special Humanitarian Program. As you can see, the Coalition took in a high number of SHP refugees. They had no problems taking them as long as no one made a big thing about it. Now in opposition, the Coalition wants to suddenly up the number of UN refugees and lower those granted SHP status. Well it wants the current government to anyway.

John Howard harped on for years about ‘people jumping the queue’ in regards to refugees. As you can clearly see, the Howard government itself did this by allowing the SHP numbers to outweigh the number of UN declared refugees. Between 2002 and 2006 almost 4000 UN refugees that we were supposed to take in were denied that uptake. Imagine if you will, being accepted as UN classified refugees – genuine refugees – and told that you have been accepted and Australia has been asked to take you and then find yourself waiting year after year after year after year. It’s enough to get you annoyed enough to get onto a boat.

So now after the Coalition has created this resentment in UN refugee camps, they announce the exact opposite of what they did and ask for an increase of the intake from 6000  to 10,000. This is how the Coalition manages policy. Hard left. Hard right. Hard left. Hard right. It does not steer. It does not make small corrections. It makes huge corrections. Why? Because it makes huge mistakes.

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