Our grandfathers built a low-cost reliable decentralised electricity supply for all states of Australia based mainly on black and brown coal-fields – Blair Athol, Callide, Ipswich, Sydney/Newcastle, Yallourn, Leigh Creek and Collie.

Then our fathers built the mighty Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric scheme which provided water to irrigate the inland while generating electricity to help pay for it.

Then in the years up to 1980, huge new coal-fired power plants were constructed in each State. And we discovered oil and gas in Roma, Bass Strait, Barrow Island, Timor Sea, and in coal and shale in many places.

Coal and hydro gave Australia reliable low-cost electricity that was the envy of the world and supported primary, secondary and tertiary industries.

We irrigated crops, electrified cities, powered railways and mines, refined metals and petroleum and processed milk, wool, cotton, grains, meat and fruit. Factories made Victa mowers, Southern Cross windmills and diesel engines.

Holden/Ford/Toyota and Mitsubishi all produced cars in Australia and we made 9 brands of tractors. The Ipswich railway workshops produced locomotives and rolling stock, and Lithgow produced small arms.

Holden factory run out sale – they ran out

We canned Golden Circle pineapples, Ardmona stone fruits, Rosella jams and made Bully Beef, tomato sauce and Vegemite.

Australia once valued decentralisation and it served us well in electricity supply. Electricity generation and distribution was left in the hands of state-based engineers and entrepreneurs, and competitive state governments strove to ensure their states had the most reliable low-cost electricity.

In those days a state “Co-ordinator General” was charged with predicting demand for electricity and then ensuring that power stations were built in the right place at the right time.

The distant Federal Government largely confined itself to defence, foreign affairs, immigration and quarantine (with increasing meddling into wage setting, welfare and devaluation of the currency).

All that changed with the UN-initiated climate war on coal and gas which drove a campaign of tax-delay-and-destroy hydro-carbon energy.

Canberra became the epi-centre of the zero-emissions religion, and energy management and policy became centralised.

Green energy was mollycoddled with subsidies, mandates and propaganda, and electricity supply was polluted by a rash of intermittent wind and solar plants with no backups.

These caused such variability and unreliability in electricity supply that the successful state-based decentralised electricity networks were replaced by a costly interconnected Eastern States grid.

Transmission costs rose sharply because of guaranteed returns on inflated capital for interstate, undersea and the scattered wind-solar connections. Electricity costs soared, reliability suffered and Australian industry closed or moved to Asia.

There is only one way out of this mess – we must retrace the way we got in.

Firstly, any operator wishing to connect to the grid must demonstrate its ability to supply 24/7 power with its own generators, batteries, standby generators or contractual arrangements. Businesses, towns and communities should be free to operate “off-grid” at their own cost and risk.

Secondly, Canberra must withdraw from electricity taxation, subsidies, regulation and control.

This means no “Renewable” Energy Targets, no “Clean” Energy Targets, no Paris Accord, no emissions targets, no carbon taxes, no subsidies or mandates for wind/solar energy or batteries and abolition of all federal prohibitions on nuclear power.

States which shut or destroy their coal/gas generators must live with the consequences.

The states must take back responsibility for all regulations imposed on electricity supply, with goals to maximise reliability and minimise costs. They will see the results as residents and businesses migrate to states with low-cost reliable energy.

The interstate electricity grid is of value and should be retained but removed from federal management and control.

Its inflated capital should be written down greatly and States and private operators should own and control it with a regulator setting maximum transmission charges.

Europe copes with several countries buying and selling electricity across borders – surely Australian states can do the same? (The Australian interstate highway system is largely state-owned but copes with public roads, toll roads, urban roads, local roads and private roads of greatly varying quality and capacity).

And, if Canberra truly believes the “Zero Emissions” mantra chanted by rowdy school kids let’s use ACT as a pilot plant and insist that all ACT homes and businesses live without subsidies from tax payers or consumers and without generating or importing any energy from coal, diesel, petrol or gas.

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They still have to deal with the Queen

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I was one of a team of three that recommended that Rosella discontinue making jam. The reason was that 80% of the cost of ingredients was sugar and there was only one company who could sell sugar in Australia CSR. The price of sugar in Australia from the monopoly was three times the price available from US or Europe. The result was too high a price for jam and no profit. No money for jam in Australia. A pity really, who can ever forget Rosella Mira Plum?

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This what you get when the chosenites take control “VF”,destroyed our country.

Rinaldo
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Born Lucky: Stars Align Perfectly for PM’s Son with Mammoth Bet on Wind Power Outfit Infigen . “………………….So what was it that attracted Alex Turnbull to Infigen? . Certainly couldn’t have been their balance sheet or cash flow. Running a fleet of clapped-out Suzlon S88s, which are close to the end of their useful economic life, losing $304 million in single year, blaming its ‘performance’ on a lack of beneficial breezes, burdened with a staggering pile of debt and watching its senior management run to the hills would ordinarily spook any sensible investor. . But not Alex Turnbull. . As… Read more »

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Thank you Mr Forbes once again, for an excellent article. I particularly like the sentiment and proposal in your last paragraph. I wholeheartedly agree, and predict its lasting 2, maybe even 3 days, before the residents – driven by their protesting, power-deprived kids – demand a return to ‘normal’. Cheers !

Indignant Elder
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New POST UP!

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You must admit that as precocious as this Greta Thunberg is she has handled the performance with tremendous ability for someone so young. I have no doubt that she has been exploited and no doubt that she is loving every minute of this ‘fame’, but equally I have no doubt that she will end up paying a heavy price.

buraq2
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Brexit…
Okay everyone, back to work. 😳

JeffofFNQ
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“It is now for parliament and the House of Commons speaker John Bercow and the Lords speaker Norman Fowler to decide what to do next they can take immediate steps to meet asap. It is not clear to us that any step needs to come from the Prime Minister.”

How insufferable will that little upstart Bercow be?

Indignant Elder
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Indignant Elder

Has the world gone crazy?
Just flush ’em down the loo!
Accused child rapist, 37, is allowed to go to his alleged victim’s home so he can FEED HIS FISH.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7496553/Accused-child-rapist-37-allowed-alleged-victims-home-FEED-FISH.html

Matt12
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Yep, no carbon based generation for the ACT, let us know how you got on.

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Another wait and see if they release his name episode!

Horror as a ute crashes into a bus shelter injuring at least four people outside a busy Sydney shopping centre – leaving one fighting for life.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7497315/Car-crashes-bus-shelter-Broadway-Sydney.html

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jx

Chris Kenny in The Australian this arvo: If there is a looming threat to the future of civilisation, it is idiocy, ideologically driven lunacy. Good governance, democratic outcomes and sensible policy are under threat all over the western world. And it is not the mainstream voters doing the damage, on the contrary they insist on common sense. It is the so-called media and political elites that are indulging in misleading, anti-intellectual, emotive and ideological campaigns. This is no more obvious than in the climate change debate, which should be a serious issue. But instead of debating facts, science, economics, technology,… Read more »

Rinaldo
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Rinaldo

Old news but still worth noting –
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Burgers contain rat and human DNA, study finds
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A study of 258 burgers in the US finds unexpected additional – and lack of – ingredients
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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/burgers-contain-rat-and-human-dna-study-finds-a7023661.html

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Listening to Sir David Attenborough, I have come to the conclusion that the biggest threat to the planet is not about climate change, per se, but the immediate more serious issue of population reduction. This is an issue that no politician would dare suggest. Many years ago I recall hearing this issue discussed with an experiment in mice.(before the advent of TV) All I recall is the that they bred from a limited number of mice that were fed on a daily ration. Over time the numbers increased, the food intake remained unaltered. The exponential scale that accompanied it ,… Read more »

Billy B
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Billy B

Poor old Betty, bamboozled by Boris
She needs to go.

Trumby
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Trumby

I want to know why motels don’t show how much it costs to stay with them on the front of their buildings so travellers can find the cheapest place to stay seeing some are charging $ 160 per night and that means a lot when we are only in the room only long enough to get a sleep in between very long hours behind the wheel of our vehicles ?

JeffofFNQ
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JeffofFNQ

UK Supreme Court has ruled that prorogation was unlawful.

Richard.oz
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The BDM; Bund Deutscher Mädel, 1930s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkbJHD450sg

Indignant Elder
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Indignant Elder

Sonny Bill Williams’ fury as Instagram REMOVES picture of All Blacks star and his fellow Muslim teammate praying to Allah before World Cup match.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7497505/Sonny-Bill-Williams-fury-Instagram-REMOVES-pic-star-fellow-Muslim-World-Cup-match.html

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JeffofFNQ

UK Supreme Court currently giving its ruling on prorogation of Parliament:

Live https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-49805024

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If you want an example of the hypocricy of the NRL and Australian sport in general you need only look at Brisbane Broncos and Matt Lodge. Beattie and Greenberg state that Folau should be allowed to play League ever again! Yet Lodge who assaulted two females in the US and then trashed the residence of a completely separate person who gave the escaping females refuge. Is touted as being the next Broncos Captain! What a joke!

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/paul-gallen-says-matt-lodge-shouldnt-captain-broncos-or-any-nrl-side/news-story/014f3dcfe6d968f5d08e25ca9c0755c1

Ballbreaker
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Ballbreaker

The Child Abuse Of Greta Thunberg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76LjhfI5ZaI

Flysa
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Flysa

Said Greta a silly young tart,
Picked by Soros to play a big part,
The world will catch fire,
So might I enquire,
How dare the lot of you fart.

Indignant Elder
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Indignant Elder

Children should be seen and not heard,and now we have our very own Greta.

Meet the Aussie Greta Thunberg: The 15-year-old eco warrior leading students’ climate change strike campaign – and she’s already had a major fight with Scott Morrison.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7497039/Meet-Australias-Greta-Thunberg-climate-strike-organiser-Harriet-OShea-Carre.html

TonyH
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TonyH

The Donald ignores that upstart Thunberg! News.com.au has an article on it. There is a poll where you get to vote. Make sure you get in and vote NO!

https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/climate-action-summit-greta-thunberg-rips-into-leaders-over-mass-extinction/news-story/2c8d4aac13cb60507a41b48c2ef3d8f2

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Sam Newman
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This annoying little brat addressed the UN on the so-called climate crisis. WHO lets this shit have a platform? Mendacious, inbred sycophants, that who. #ClimateChangeHoax

https://twitter.com/i/status/1176376449051181056

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cinerama

Believe it or not this video is appropriate for many recent posts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OChzPGbvWZo

Indignant Elder
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Indignant Elder

Always was and………………..
Chinese turn up heat on the Tip of Cape York

The Queensland Labor Government is believed to have transferred three valuable and strategically placed perpetual leases at the Tip of Cape York to an Aboriginal corporation which has stated it will transfer the leases to Chinese nationals.

Today Cairns News received a report of a Chinese delegation wearing suits seen in the main street of Bamaga, walking away from the local council HQ towards the Bamaga Resort.

Tourists do not wear suits on Cape York Peninsula.

https://cairnsnews.org/2019/09/23/chinese-turn-up-heat-on-the-tip-of-cape-york/

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Building Baseload: Keeping Australia’s Lights On Means More Coal-Fired Power – Now! Preventing power price hikes and keeping the lights on by adding more intermittent wind and solar is like putting out fire with gasoline. These days, only the most delusional RE zealot still claims that spiralling power prices aren’t caused by chaotically intermittent and heavily subsidised wind and solar. The mantra has shifted to one which suggests that rocketing power prices will help conserve the planet. Apparently, depriving the elderly and the poor of electricity represents societal progress. As does keeping hundreds of millions in the Third World in… Read more »

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Indignant Elder

Eat your heart out: native water rats have worked out how to safely eat cane toads

https://theconversation.com/eat-your-heart-out-native-water-rats-have-worked-out-how-to-safely-eat-cane-toads-123986

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Such an ironic and delicious twist to this story…. Money that Pocahontas spent at a lemonade stand in Iowa will be sent direct to a Pro-Life Charity…. “An Iowa dad — whose daughter received money from Elizabeth Warren while they were running a lemonade stand — said he is giving the Democrat’s dough to a pro-life charity. Sienna Michels and Audrey Billings, both 11, made headlines in August when the US senator gave them $10 for lemonade during a campaign blitz Warren tweeted an image with the girls on Aug. 8, writing: “Stopped for a quick drink at a lemonade… Read more »

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