Australia Goes Deep Green: Federal Election 2022

Essay by Eric Worrall

Although the dust hasn’t fully settled, its looking increasingly likely Australia will have one of the greenest governments in our history, after the panicked last minute conservative attempt to embrace Net Zero spectacularly backfired, and led to a string of losses to “Teal Independents”. But Australia is about to face some very serious economic problems which green ideology can’t fix.

Who are the independents likely headed to parliament after election night’s ‘teal bath’?

By political reporter Jake Evans

Election night is shaping as a resounding victory for a group of independents who have challenged both parties to do more on climate change and accountability.

Key points:

  • Liberal MPs Tim Wilson, Trent Zimmerman and Jason Falinski are likely to lose to independents
  • A handful of new independents could become the power brokers in the next parliament
  • Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s seat of Kooyong has not been called

The so-called “teal independents” are candidates contesting in typically safe Liberal seats on a platform of greater climate action and implementing a federal integrity commission.

These candidates were backed by a well-funded campaigning machine called Climate 200, which raised about $12 million from more than 11,000 donors.

And while most of these independents are challenging established Liberal politicians, Labor is also taking note of the rise of so many independents.

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The Teal independents, who have challenged and appear in some cases to have defeated inner city heartland Conservatives, have presented as economically moderate deep greens. Scott Morrison attempted to outflank them with a last minute switch to supporting Net Zero late last year, but it looks inner city voters chose real greens over the counterfeit. All ScoMo’s Net Zero push did was alienate supporters elsewhere, who expressed that disappointment by voting for minor parties and independents.

The Teals, who may hold the balance of power in the incoming government, received substantial financial and logistical support from Climate 200, which was founded by and is led by billionaire mining and renewable energy entrepreneur Simon Holmes à Court. So I don’t think we need to guess what policy positions they will push.

The incoming Left Wing labor government will likely need the support of the Teals and Green Party to form government. They already openly back massive investment in green energy, having to please green coalition partners will just confirm this tendency.

The question in my mind is how the new government will handle some very real problems which are developing.

The politically motivated lack of investment in Australia’s ageing coal power fleet has caused wholesale power prices to double over the last year. Nobody invests money in plant and equipment which could face imminent shutdown or punitive taxes.

The outgoing coalition government was toying with the idea of a government funded fossil fuel power plant, but I somehow doubt the incoming government will continue that policy – their policy position is the power price increases were caused by lack of investment in renewables.

There is the matter of the coming food crisis. The Ukraine war has triggered a rise in fertiliser prices and a drop in the international supply of grain. Australia, a major primary food producer, may be less badly hit than some places, but we produce very little fuel or fertiliser, so we will feel the full impact of international price rises in these commodities. Fertiliser production requires lots of cheap energy, and we’ve seen precious little of that lately. Even if Australia maintains food production, ordinary Australians will still feel the price rises. And as global shortages loom, there will be strong incentives to cash in on the lucrative overseas market.

Then there is the matter of coal. The only reason Australia has retained a level of financial stability the last few years is booming mineral and coal exports. Coal alone contributes 10s of billions of dollars to our balance of trade and export earnings. But a deep green government could end all that. Of course, as the Chinese economy collapses under an insane series of Covid lockdowns and their real estate market collapse, as Europe embraces economically suicidal green policies, and as the USA sags under Bidenflation, it seems likely demand for our mineral exports will sag, even without damaging policies imposed by deep green zealots. The rise in global food prices won’t help fix this – see my point about fuel and fertiliser prices undermining agricultural profits.

Add to this the embarrassing economic ignorance of our likely new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who recently explained the best way to fight inflation is generous wage rises.

I fear Australia could be in for a rough ride. I don’t think we’ll go full Sri Lanka, but its going to be an interesting few years.

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Linda Goodman
May 21, 2022 2:07 pm

Coming soon to America – time to connect the dots?
The Radical Green Road To Venezuela – Poverty, Misery And Dictatorship
Sep 2019

Ron Long
Reply to  Linda Goodman
May 21, 2022 4:17 pm

Linda, the road to economic ruin will be well-traveled, as many countries are rushing headlong into CAGW impossible dreams/delusions/lies and many might not recover. I fondly remember the Australian drillers, for mining projects, and their incredible ability to swear with gusto and inventiveness, and I wonder if almost all of the real stout persons have already left Australia? Some excepted, of course, but theirs appears to be a lonely battle.

Reply to  Ron Long
May 22, 2022 12:51 am

It is a lonely battle. Cooper’s “Best Extra Stout” for me thanks!

Reply to  Joe
May 22, 2022 2:58 am

and even Coopers brewery got demolished and taken over;-(

Reply to  Linda Goodman
May 21, 2022 8:03 pm

Venezuela has been subject to US financial and economic sanctions which destroyed their economy and its key industry. The US, amusingly, without sanctions on it is managing to destroy its economy.

Allan MacRae
Reply to  iwick
May 21, 2022 9:27 pm

Venezuela primarily destroyed itself. There were other markets for its oil. Like most leftist dictatorships, their government committed economic suicide. It’s not an accident, as many people think – it’s their Plan.
Supported by a corrupt army, the leadership drives the people into poverty, and then live like kings, looking down at all the poor  peasants.

Last edited 1 month ago by Allan MacRae
Mike Dubrasich
Reply to  iwick
May 21, 2022 10:50 pm

It’s the fault of the US that Communism has failed in Venezuela? Are you cereal?

The Blame America First crowd has become Destroy America Now.

I don’t share your amusement.

Ron Long
Reply to  iwick
May 22, 2022 3:17 am

iwick, your comment is so distant from reality that there is no hope for you.

Reply to  iwick
May 22, 2022 6:31 pm

The average person is really stupid, and what’s scary is half the population is even stupider! Your comment falls into that category and I’m being kind about your motives because one wouldn’t want to think you’re paid to write such stupid, incorrect, and ignorant things. Jeeze.

Reply to  iwick
May 23, 2022 2:19 am

Simply lies. Venezuela destroyed its economy on its own through corruption, mismanagement and stupidity. But Lefties are never wrong, no matter how many times their childish ignorance follows the exact same path with exactly the same results. It’s always someone else’s fault. Pathetic babies who cannot and will not learn.

Allan MacRae
Reply to  Linda Goodman
May 21, 2022 9:04 pm

Hi Linda, thank you for posting my paper.
Re your comment: “Coming soon to America – time to connect the dots?”
Sorry, but the USA is already there – a failed nation. The left has conquered your once-great country.
Not that it’s any consolation, but Canada is worse.
Regrets, Allan MacRae in Calgary
October 20, 2021. Update May 12, 2022
“The ability to correctly predict is the best objective measure of scientific and technical competence.”
Our scientific predictions on both Climate and Covid are infinitely more accurate than the mainstream narratives, which have been false and baselessly alarmist to date.

Recently posted:

The Dems are fully aligned with the fascist WEF and the murderous WHO.

Actual USA deaths FROM Covid-19 were exaggerated by ~16 times – more than 93% were actually deaths WITH a positive PCR test, but the cause of death was NOT Covid-19! To 1July2020 there was NO increase in Total Deaths in Alberta or Canada above the trend line of the previous six years – that means there was NO REAL PANDEMIC! It was a scam! There was an increase in Total Deaths in the USA because of the toxic, wrong treatments applied in USA heath care – all those Excess deaths were 100% avoidable! The entire Covid-19 worldwide false narrative was a scam to sell costly , toxic and ineffective “vaccines” and to exert total control. The Covid-19 “vaccines” will kill many more people worldwide than the Covid-19 virus and probably already have.
Told you so, 26 months ago today.
According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, more than 1 million excess deaths — that is, deaths in excess of the historical average — have been recorded since the COVID-19 pandemic began two years ago, and this cannot be explained by COVID-19. Deaths from heart disease, high blood pressure, dementia and many other illnesses rose during that time
Across the world, death rates have also risen in tandem with COVID shot administration, with the most-jabbed areas surpassing the least-jabbed in terms of excess mortality and COVID-related deaths

There is a much bigger problem – The end of national independence:
Dr Mark Trozzi March 9, 2022
In this most recent article, Dr Verkerk explains the grave danger that the WHO poses to us all; how the covid “pandemic” has largely been a project of their creation for profit and power; and how they are currently plotting to grab more power and continue to advance their human rights crushing agenda. It is informative, urgent, and a call to action.
By Dr Rob Verkerk, PHD, founder, executive & scientific director, ANH-Intl

Allan MacRae
Reply to  Allan MacRae
May 22, 2022 9:43 am

May 19, 2022
Jair Bolsonaro… Brazil *will not* sign the WHO Pandemic Treaty. “National sovereignty is not something to be handed over to WHO or other entities and to be renounced just to join a club of seemingly advanced nations”…

Last edited 1 month ago by Allan MacRae
May 21, 2022 2:10 pm

I feel we’ve reached the point where the only way for sanity to regain a firm footing is to hit rock bottom. Electing greens sure seems like a fine way to accomplish that. Of course there are the struggle sessions, starvation and everything else that goes with full on communism but that shouldn’t be more than a minor inconvenience. </sarc>

Allan MacRae
Reply to  Bob Johnston
May 21, 2022 9:37 pm

I’ve done business on six of the world’s seven continents, including the former Soviet Union – Russia and Kazakstan. I’ve seen “rock bottom” – you don’t want to go there – you won’t like it.

Someone saw the movie “Borat” and asked me if Kazakstan was really that bad. I replied: “Borat was shot in the FSU in Eastern Europe – Kazakstan is not that nice”.

Allan MacRae
Reply to  Allan MacRae
May 22, 2022 6:20 pm

… Russia, Kazakstan and East Germany.

May 21, 2022 2:13 pm

Well, the sun did come up this morning….

They got rid of Scomo, so now they’ve got Albo. Get ready for a rough ride people. I suppose after enough damage has been done there’ll be backlash in 3 years’ time. Interestingly, Queensland seems to be the only state that kept a conservative majority.

Old Woman of the North
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 21, 2022 2:37 pm

You can say that again! We have a solar farm near here placed on good agricultural land ( which is against the law) and local people were not informed until after it was approved by government.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 21, 2022 11:35 pm

There is a silver lining to that dark cloud; it will keep you in business with the rest of armchair sceptics. On the other hand there is always civil disobedience.
BTW we over in Monte Negro have another Albanesi as the prime minister (Google him), after election as deputy PM joined right wing conservatives, later organised politica putch and now is a left wing PM.
Do not to despair, there’s always a hope for you overthere down under.

Reply to  Old Woman of the North
May 21, 2022 6:47 pm

The whole of Australia has a total of 6% arable land. They must have changed the law because that’s where our renewables are going. The large state significant projects are pretty much rubber stamped. Even the ‘food bowl’ The Riverina in NSW, which grows much of our export produce, is being inundated with renewables.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 22, 2022 3:03 am

with luck dan will be out in nov but we have so many idiots who like him…I dunno. SA is labor trashed already so moving back theres a nono. guess im stuck in Vic and have to work around the system

les online
Reply to  Ken Stewart
May 21, 2022 5:51 pm

When Labor got elected early 1970s it got whacked by the Oil Crisis among other global economic problems. When Labor got elected 2007 it was soon whacked by the 2008 economic crisis…There’s a major 2022 global economic crisis approaching which should whack this latest Labor government…
The Main Stream Media (MSM) are cheerful. They’ve now got someone to blame for all the problems left by the previous government…

Labor guaranteed nothing about Food Security or Food Sovereignty during its campaign. Expect middle class Asians to be well fed by Australian foods while the breadlines grow longer and purchasing power of pensions and wages spreads starvation here at home…

Reply to  les online
May 21, 2022 6:32 pm

It is a good time to be out of the firing line and to regroup with people who understand what has value and what doesn’t.

Surely someone in the western world must be asking why did China abandon their solar panels and wind turbines so abruptly?

les online
Reply to  RickWill
May 21, 2022 6:44 pm

A new Ice Age approacheth ? Not enough sun for them to depend on solar panels, wing turbines frozen ?
They are Very Clever People ? Or,
They Know Something ?

See ! I’m asking !

Dennis G. Sandberg
Reply to  RickWill
May 22, 2022 3:49 pm

The Aussies I debate with on Quora deny that China has abandoned solar and wind in favor of coal (lignite) for now while they develop their nuclear. Facts don’t matter.

Reply to  Ken Stewart
May 21, 2022 10:07 pm

We can definitely kiss any prospect of the Hell’s Gate dam good-bye.

Reply to  Ken Stewart
May 22, 2022 3:01 am

? theyve kept two nats paulines looking bad clive was under 1% and the greens n labor will finish trashing the place

Reply to  Ken Stewart
May 23, 2022 2:50 am

I know it is petty but I hope those people who voted for the “Teal” Independents and Labor really really suffer for basically normalizing STUPID.

May 21, 2022 2:23 pm

Very interesting and worrying times ahead indeed Eric. I fear there will be a political a revolt when our electricity, food, fuel and cost of living in general skyrocket. The radical left lead by Albanese and greens will come unstuck when this happens, and we will see another Rudd Gillard Rudd scenario for sure, to the detriment of Australia’s economy. The conservatives need to grow a spine.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 21, 2022 3:37 pm

Could we see a repeat of 2007 – 2010 Rudd / Gillard Labor government, followed by 2010 -2013 Gillard / “Independents” / Rudd government, followed by a landslide 2013 election of an ultra-conservative Abbott government?

Rudd et al did a lot of damage to Australia’s economy and standard of living in the 6 years they ran the joint.

Let’s hope power blackouts (“demand management”), on top of crippling living costs will shock voters into realizing what is actually necessary to make life livable.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 21, 2022 4:39 pm

Yes I saw your fuel storage apparatus on google earth Eric.

Looked suspiciously like a still setup. 🙂

Reply to  Mr.
May 21, 2022 5:41 pm

So what will be the point? Labor, LIberal, the only difference now is that the shop stewards in Labor are more maths illiterate than the lawyers and bankers in the LIberal party. Both major parties are cushy with the megalomaniacs in the UN and WEF and all the self-destructive bullshit that goes with it. Until skippies bother finding out for themselves which policies their cadidates are proposing and vote accordingly, we just have different shades of swamp creature spending a couple of months every three years promising to be less useless that their opposite numbers and then dipping their snouts straight back into the trough. First past the post counting and non-compulsory voting would be a help, but until the electorate shake off their political apathy the country’s going to continue sinking deeper. Small comfort that we’ll go down in ‘like minded’ company.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Mr.
May 21, 2022 7:43 pm

Rudd et al did a lot of damage to Australia’s economy and standard of living in the 6 years they ran the joint.”
Exactly what damage did Rudd do? The Australian economy grew between 2 and 4 per cent per annum every year that Labour was in government. And in fact it grew at a similar rate every year between 1993 and 2012 no matter who was in power (all sustained by a 20 year long mining boon).

Reply to  Izaak Walton
May 21, 2022 8:57 pm

OK let’s start with Labor’s “open borders” folly –

The illegal “refugees” boats mostly from the Middle East.

Pre-Rudd, about 6 boats arrived per year with about 60 people.

In the Rudd / Gillard watch, 727 boats with 54,227 arrivals.
Estimated to have cost unbudgeted $12.8 billion to the budgets.

Even Rudd had to shut this bullshit down at the end of 2012, after the Indonesian leader told him to “take the sugar off the table” (immediate access to welfare).

How many hospitals, schools, roads did Aussie taxpayers NOT get for that $12.8 billion pissed up to boost Rudd’s vanity & credentials with the UN?

Reply to  Mr.
May 21, 2022 9:44 pm

Let’s also consider that when Rudd Labor formed government in November 2007 they inherited ZERO debt, a $22 billion budget surplus, an over $60 billion investment of Future Fund to pay public service pensions and remove that liability from financial year budget provisions, a strong economy, etc.

They were warned about the GFC problem developing and used that as an excuse to spend the surplus quickly and borrow to spend more, the real purpose to try and save marginal seats won in 2007 at the next 2010 election. And they lost in 2010 and had to form an alliance minority government, and then carried on borrowing to prop up marginal electorates for 2013 when they lost in a landslide defeat.

But the Labor 2013/14 Budget contained expensive commitments including NDIS and Gonski education grants, but knowing they would lose the election Labor made no provisions to pay for their commitments. The Abbott Coalition Government Treasurer Hockey advised that the debt ceiling on borrowing would be rated to $500 billion to account for over $400 billion of Labor debt including unfunded Budget commitments and a contingency factor.

Reply to  Dennis
May 21, 2022 11:34 pm

Gross debt, the amount borrowed and to be paid back as of 2007 was $58 bill. And yes it did increase rapidly to $250 bill by 2013.
Have you not heard of the GFC which covered that period which for many countries had huge unemployment and high deficits. Australia avoided the negative growth and high unemployment

Reply to  Duker
May 22, 2022 11:32 am

Over-spent by about 50% of what was necessary.
There was no need for the 2nd tranche of borrowing & spending. They didn’t even wait to see what effects the 1st trance was having.
Even ultra woke-leftist Malcolm Turnbull called this out.

Labor used the GFC in the same way that Biden is now trying to use the pandemic and the Ukraine to fund a whole raft (no, make that a super-tanker) of boondoggles that get tacked on to an expenditure bill.

Reply to  Mr.
May 22, 2022 5:34 pm

I agree on the ‘long funding tail’ which does seem excessive

Reply to  Duker
May 23, 2022 4:03 am

Most financial commentators in Australia realised that Rudd Labor inherited a very sound position from the Howard Coalition Government including;

* Zero debt
* $22 billion 2007/08 budget surplus and years of earlier surplus
* Over $60 billion invested Future Fund to pay public service pensions and remove that liability from future budgets.
* A strongly performing economy.
* Low unemployment (5%) compared to 8% Labor average.
* Credit rating upgraded twice from Labor AA to AAA.

The Howard Government Treasurer warned of the GFC coming, Rudd Labor knew a deep recession would not take place because of the strong position Australia was in compared to most developed nations. But they used the GFC excuse to spend the surplus and borrow to spend more, objective to secure votes for 2010 because the 2007 result included too many marginal seats.

Labor Treasurer Swan sent is achievements, actually Treasurer Costello’s management successes, to a small European financial magazine and was named World’s Greatest Treasurer for the year. And that was at the start of the GFC 2008/09.

Reply to  Mr.
May 22, 2022 3:11 am

the ones that voted greens n indys etc are all the spoilt dumb brats living at home or off handouts. the rest are the welloff whitecollars in highly paid jobs who can afford the rising power gas fuel etc
the poor sods like “albos mum “single parent lucky enough to have a govt rental etc? well we dont actually count

4 Eyes
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 21, 2022 3:48 pm

Eric, the left in australia never admits to mistakes. How can they, they don’t even realize when they have made a mistake. They will continue to defend the indefensible and blame external factors. And lie.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 21, 2022 10:15 pm

I wonder if the Australian public will ever wake up. When the rolling blackouts start the solution offered will be “more investment in green energy” and the masses will gulp it down just like have done to date.

Reply to  4 Eyes
May 21, 2022 9:45 pm

A senior Australian politician once told me that Labor have only one tactic when confronted with “mistakes” …. deny deny deny.

Rud Istvan
May 21, 2022 2:27 pm

Sad, but it appears AUS just voted themselves to be another renewable crash test dummy along with CA, NY, and the UK. I would have added Germany, but their interconnector electricity swaps with dispatchable Norway hydro protects them from the worst of their Energiewende folly—except economically.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
May 21, 2022 2:32 pm

But the UKs Norway interconnectors don’t?

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Rud Istvan
May 21, 2022 2:51 pm

‘Sad, but it appears AUS just voted themselves to be another renewable crash test dummy along with CA, NY, and the UK.’

Rud, if you’re calling out crash test dummies, you should include all 50 US states, as renewable energy is only one means to a socialist end, and we’re well on our way to achieving it.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
May 21, 2022 4:35 pm

The one difference between the US & the rest of the West is so far we’ve been able to keep the
right to bear arms- 2nd Amendment. There have been >1M gun sales/mo for the past 33
consecutive months. Think Magna Carta & the Spirit of ’76- it keeps politicians afraid & forces
them to give you a little bit of R-E-S-P-E-CT!

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Reply to  Old Man Winter
May 21, 2022 7:42 pm

The big difference with US is the privilege to create the world currency. No other country has that but China and Russia resent it with a passion.

The USA is the only country that can live well beyond its means without having to account for it. So far the net international debt position of USA is almost a whole year of internal output that is owed the rest of the world.

The international obligations are rising faster under Biden than ever before. It is highly inflationary for the entire globe. USDs can be created from nothing but energy requires energy to produce.

Reply to  RickWill
May 21, 2022 8:47 pm

Only for the moment. Over time, you have one of two possible outcomes. Either you become the Weimar Republic or you end up with the Paul Volcker treatment. The Fed is attempting the Volcker treatment but they fear hitting the brakes too hard and as the result, their action will be ineffective.

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Old Man Winter
Reply to  RickWill
May 21, 2022 8:58 pm

Definitely true. The crash of ’87 was exceeded by the Dot.Com bubble burst
which was exceeded by the crash before the Great Recession in size, int’l
cooperation & the emergency actions taken by the governments to stop the
drop & effect a recovery. Given this trend, I guess the next one will unite all of
the global governments by which they will break a lot more rules that will cost
all of us people a lot in both $$$ & liberty. Given what we saw with Covid in
Canada, that will make the “hammer” with which they smash any resistance
even bigger. They never resist the urge to use more power when given the chance.
Each bloc knows what they have to do to keep their power.

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Dennis G. Sandberg
Reply to  RickWill
May 22, 2022 4:01 pm

The US dollar as the world currency won’t make it through the next six (6) years considering our “new voting procedures”. We’re screwed, fun while it lasted.

Reply to  Old Man Winter
May 21, 2022 9:07 pm

I rather like the version she sang in the original Blues Brothers.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  ATheoK
May 21, 2022 10:10 pm

That very powerful moving voice made her “The Queen of Soul”!

It doesn't add up...
Reply to  Rud Istvan
May 21, 2022 3:27 pm

Not so sure about that. Norway has been unimpressed by the consequences of opening that German interconnector – importing high German power prices (and ditto for the UK interconnector which they have connived to limit to half its capacity to limit the effect). Also, their hydro reservoirs have been running on empty supporting all the exports.

The German Interconnector opens…

Reservoirs running on empty:

Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 21, 2022 6:54 pm

Don’t know what neck of the woods you’re talking about Eric. We’ve had three frosts here in Central West NSW so far this month and we haven’t even come into winter yet!

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 21, 2022 8:57 pm

And Cairns isn’t even near the top!

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Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 21, 2022 9:47 pm

I did that and ended up unable to proceed while peddling as I rode around Lake Burley Griffen, the westerly wind was so strong.

Reply to  Megs
May 22, 2022 3:21 am

firewood in rural vic is rising to near 500 for redgum and while thats far better then melb or adel prices its hard to afford on a pension. down to 3c or so so far and I am yet to light a fire, due to no wood, =woolly socks jumpers and hot water bottles

Reply to  ozspeaksup
May 22, 2022 4:14 am

Politicians have no clue of circumstances in different parts of Australia. Sorry to hear that prices of firewood are sneaking up on you, we put in a double order last year accidentally and decided to let it stand. Looks like it was a wise choice. We’ve pretty much had an early winter here, several maximums of around 16C and many mornings under 4C or lower. We’ve had regular fires in the evening but rug up during the day. Matt Kean is talking about banning wood fires here in NSW. That would be catastrophic for some, the cost of electric heating in winter would be prohibitive.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
May 21, 2022 7:54 pm

Sad, but it appears AUS just voted themselves to be another renewable crash test dummy along with CA, NY, and the UK.

Australia already leads the world in the penetration of intermittent wind and solar generation. How many other countries can claim they need synchronous condensers to keep their network from crashing?

How many other countries have dispatchable capacity payments to ensure they have dispatchable reserves?

How many other countries have 30% of their residential rooftops littered with solar panels?

How many other countries have intermittent generators regularly setting the wholesale price?

How many other countries can claim eight separate markets for FCAS that hit costs above the wholesale price?

  • Regulation Raise: Regulation service used to correct a minor drop in frequency.
  • Regulation Lower: Regulation service used to correct a minor rise in frequency.
  • Contingency
  • Fast Raise (6 Second Raise): 6 second response to arrest a major drop in frequency following a contingency event.
  • Fast Lower (6 Second Lower): 6 second response to arrest a major rise in frequency following a contingency event.
  • Slow Raise (60 Second Raise): 60 second response to stabilise frequency following a major drop in frequency.
  • Slow Lower (60 Second Lower): 60 second response to stabilise frequency following a major rise in frequency.
  • Delayed Raise (5 Minute Raise): 5 minute response to recover frequency to the normal operating band following a major drop in frequency.
  • Delayed Lower (5 Minute Lower): 5 minute response to recover frequency to the normal operating band following a major rise in frequency.

How many other countries have wholesale price that is only 20% of the retail price?

Anyone who believes that Australia is lagging in this insanity is ill-informed.

May 21, 2022 2:30 pm

Poor Australia. It soon will be

Reply to  Leo Smith
May 21, 2022 8:05 pm

As long as the western world rushes toward net-zero, Australia will do very well supplying the resources that China needs to make the woke symbols to the climate gods.

Coal exports are protected by the union side of Labor. This will be where the tension arises as greens push to stop exports but unions push to maintain them.

Australia already has a healthy current account and inflation is eroding buying power so that should continue to dampen imports. China is somewhat on the nose as well so people are more discerning about buying Chinese made stuff; providing the branding is not confusing.

Reply to  RickWill
May 21, 2022 10:34 pm

Never thought I’d be pro-union! Someone has to put the brakes on the green lemmings!

Old Woman of the North
May 21, 2022 2:31 pm

Still waiting to hear how these Climate Change believers are going to control the sun’s radiation and solar cycles, ocean currents, clouds, earth’s axial tilt and rotation etc.

I hope Australian media and parliamentarians take a long look at Germany for its dependence on Russian gas and oil, and Sri Lanka for its green debacle- both disasters took only a few years.

Reply to  Old Woman of the North
May 21, 2022 2:39 pm

Old Woman of the North
“Still waiting to hear how these Climate Change believers are going to control the sun’s radiation and solar cycles, ocean currents, clouds, earth’s axial tilt and rotation etc.”

They’ll pass regulations.
That does it.
Every time.


Dave Fair
Reply to  auto
May 21, 2022 3:22 pm

Hey, Auto! Don’t you know that Leftist ideology trumps both Ma Nature and Economics 101?

May 21, 2022 2:41 pm

Many of those high profile libs who lost where in the wrong party anyway, they should be over in the Greens. I fear we are about to get a repeat of the famous “recession we had to have” moment. And all the young greenie voters are about to receive a brutal lesson in monetary economics. Elections have consequences!

les online
Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 21, 2022 6:52 pm

Smug Mug Morrison got replaced by “Squinty” ? The few times i’ve watched TV and seen the guy he seems to be squinting. Maybe wants to close his eyes tight shut and wish away annoying questions ? I’ll be keeping an eye on him, i dont trust him !

Chris Nisbet
May 21, 2022 2:56 pm

Good luck, Australia. You’ll need it.
Signed: Suffering NZer.

Reply to  Chris Nisbet
May 21, 2022 3:06 pm

Thanks, at least we still have our rugby team winning the bledisleo cup this year.

May 21, 2022 3:31 pm

“entrepreneur” – Simon Holmes a Court is activist son of his late billionaire father.

Reply to  Waza
May 21, 2022 3:51 pm

Teals talked about “integrity”,

If they had any they would have put themselves forward as a party with a billionaire backer.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 21, 2022 6:58 pm

Cannon-Brookes and Twiggy Forest will be in partnership.

Reply to  Megs
May 21, 2022 10:36 pm

Yet all the FB feeds seem to say is “We beat Murdoch!”. Itd be funny if it weren’t so serious.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
May 21, 2022 9:51 pm

A couple of our senior journalists (Piers Akerman and the late Larry Pickering) have written about high wealth individuals who were beneficiaries of high value estates and well educated at non-government schools, most often are the supporters and donors to Greens party and causes.

May 21, 2022 3:43 pm

What’s the bet there will be a “Parliamentarians’ Study Tour” to Germany by Labor / Greens / Independents to see how to do the transition to renewable energy?

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Mr.
May 21, 2022 5:16 pm

So that’s what Bozo Joe, Giggles the Clown, & San Fran Nan look like when they’re all decked out
in their finest regalia! 😮

Rich Davis
May 21, 2022 4:23 pm

Deepest condolences, Oz!

Reply to  Rich Davis
May 21, 2022 5:42 pm

No worries, the new Opposition leader is a climate change skeptic and head kicker. For the first time in yonks we are going to get some exciting political theatre.

les online
Reply to  ironicman
May 21, 2022 6:56 pm

The knives will be out, and there’ll be a deluge of excuses, especially “It wasnt my fault !”

Reply to  Rich Davis
May 21, 2022 7:35 pm

This is the result that was needed. Rabid green will head faster into the abyss and the realisation will dawn more quickly. The LNP had embraced Net-Zero so were no better for Australia other than protecting coal export that China will come and take if not exported at a reasonable price.

Rich Davis
Reply to  RickWill
May 22, 2022 5:51 am

Good luck with that. I hope you find that there’s something left once the loons are thrown out.

Things look bad for the (Dem?)Socialists election chances here in the US, but that comes at the price of near-double-digit inflation, including a doubling of the cost of fuel, a collapse of retirement account valuation, shortages of all sorts of goods and services, an unprecedented surge in illegal immigration, and now rising job layoffs. High interest rates and a collapse of home values looks likely in the near future.

Still six months remaining for the Brandon Demonrats to wreak havoc (actually more than 7 months before a new Congress would take office) and even with Republican majorities in both houses, there are many depredations that Dementia Joe’s socialist puppetmasters can still pull off through the Deep State all the way to Jan 2025. We don’t even know that there will ever be another free and fair election in the US.

May 21, 2022 5:50 pm

After seeing that the Libs were gone, I was hoping for the Greens/indies to hold the balance of power. (could still happen) Why? Because it will give the people a faster route to the realization of the utter nightmare that is green policy.
The stupid decision of the LNP to go along with the climate narrative was always going to backfire. How could they possibly win an argument about the (supposed but totally false) climate ”emergency” against those who are using it as their number one platform. They would always lose that argument.
The real problem lies in the fact that the conservatives are either too lazy, too stupid or too frightened to do the serious scientific enquiry needed to fight the tidal wave of ignorant consensus and counter the whole climate change argument.
Dig deep enough and they will discover that the ”evidence” of anthropogenic global warming is scientifically spurious.
Let’s hope the the saying ”cometh the hour cometh the man” holds true…..

les online
Reply to  Mike
May 21, 2022 7:03 pm

What is scary: The German Greens leader Fischer led the warcry for the US/NATO attack on Yugoslavia, and today the German Greens are among the leaders calling for US/NATO war against Russia in The Ukraine. Will Australia’s Greens MPs soon be calling for greater Australian involvement in US/NATO war plans to bring down Putin ?

Kevin Hilde
Reply to  les online
May 22, 2022 6:54 am

Are you in denial that Putin is Hitler reincarnate?

Chris Hanley
May 21, 2022 6:04 pm

… panicked last minute conservative attempt to embrace Net Zero spectacularly backfired…

What is happening in Australian politics is similar to that happening in US where the traditional ‘blue collar’ party now represents the high income ‘anywheres’ and well paid securely employed public sector, while the traditional conservative ‘white collar’ party hasn’t yet woken up and still attempts to appeal to people who will never vote for them.

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Reply to  Chris Hanley
May 22, 2022 5:14 am

“What is happening in Australian politics is similar to that happening in US where the traditional ‘blue collar’ party now represents the high income ‘anywheres’ and well paid securely employed public sector, while the traditional conservative ‘white collar’ party hasn’t yet woken up and still attempts to appeal to people who will never vote for them.”.

A brilliant summary. +42.

May 21, 2022 6:26 pm

The politically motivated lack of investment in Australia’s ageing coal power fleet has caused wholesale power prices to double over the last year

This is not correct. Wholesale electricity prices declined since 2016 before this year.

The recent wholesale price increase has been driven by increasing price for coal and gas.

Focusing on wholesale electricity in Australia is a dumb idea. It will continue to fall as more negative marginal cost generation is added to the network. The only thing that counts is the hip pocket and that is a result of the retail price.

The retail price is about to get another big push up as Labor/Greens increase the RET causing a reduction in wholesale price but an increase ind retail price. Then there is the dispatchable reserve payment that gets formalised by 2025. That will be above the wholesale price so will only be seen ind the retail price.

The world is heading to energy poverty by decree. All for the sake of the UNIPCC wanting a slice of climate “ambition” to give their fat bureaucrats the living they seek without having to go cap-in-hand to sovereign, elected governments for funding.

Reply to  RickWill
May 21, 2022 11:03 pm

Rick, according to the NEM, power prices (12 month running average) have been rising rapidly since early 2021, from about $46-47 per Megawatthour to $118 now. Why? Because they can.

Thomas Gasloli
May 21, 2022 6:48 pm

The “Conservatives” gave their citizens 2 years of draconian COVID policies & Net Zero. Australian “Conservatives” don’t seem all that conservative, can left Labor be much different?

Old Cocky
Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
May 21, 2022 8:41 pm

That was the State governments, not the Commonwealth (Federal) government.
Some of those State governments were “Conservative”, but not the majority.

It appears the State with the longest lockdown (Western Australia), which has a Labor government, had some of the largest gains for Labor in the Federal election.

Reply to  Old Cocky
May 22, 2022 3:37 am

yeah stockholm syndrome

Old Cocky
Reply to  ozspeaksup
May 22, 2022 4:36 pm

Ahh, of course

May 21, 2022 6:53 pm

Overall two party preferred
47.5% right leaning Liberal Party
52.5% left leaning Labor Party

Previous was 51.5% vs 48.5%.

This is the nature of Australian politics.
The left will not be able to implement too many crazy policies before they get kicked out again.

Reply to  Waza
May 21, 2022 9:55 pm

Commentators on the Federal Election last night said that our preferential system of voting has reached a crisis point and needs to be dumped. Australia needs a first past the post system like the UK has, most primary votes wins.

Yesterday only 3 out of every 10 voters supported Labor, preference votes enabled Labor to become the next Federal Government.

Reply to  Dennis
May 22, 2022 5:27 am

OK it can give results like this, but preferential voting IMHO is way better than first-past-the-post or proportional-representation (the worst by far). In each electorate you get a person preferred by most to the one finishing second, you don’t get horrendous misjustices through split votes, and you tend to get a clear-cut result with the winning party able to govern.

I wait so see whether Anthony Albanese rises to the job (they often do) and how soon it will be for the first coalition supporting vote in parliament for Labor against the greens (not long, I suspect). Scott Morrison was an absolute disgrace and total idiot on net-zero, and deserved to lose. At least we in Australia have three-year terms, so it was some comfort to know, going into this election, that whoever got in would have to stand for election again in just three years.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Waza
May 22, 2022 6:10 am

And how many crazy policies get rescinded? (None). It’s a ratchet device. Inching toward communism, occasionally delayed, never reversed.

Geoff Sherrington
May 21, 2022 7:56 pm

Politics can be weird. I wasted a few years as government relations manager for a large Aussie company, so I have seen a few snapshots to back this up. Further, our proportional voting system can lead to peculiar scenarios, but it seems to be the best we can find.
As I write, the leftist Labor party needs to win a couple more seats to have an absolute majority and so govern in its own right without a need to form a coalition with another person or group like a Teal or an Independent.
(Here, we apply some lateral thinking.)
Suppose a couple of people just elected to the slightly right wing Liberal party now renounce their Liberal ties and make themselves available to be labor MPs. In one quick move, one that should take only a few days to execute, many people would then feel great relief that our Parliament will not be at the mercy of tiny special interest groups, particularly those whose main concept of important issues does not extend much past Climate Change.
Also, the castration of the Teals and far left Independents would illustrate, where applicable, that one should not plan to buy votes with help from a billionaire. (This is another weird matter.) Apart from genuine resource developers like Gina Rinehart, the billionaire person’s main skill is often in taking money from your pocket and my pocket and putting it in his/her own pocket. For this we think that they have something special to offer us?
I am referring indirectly to financial market billionaires like Simon Holmes a’Court, initials SHAC, who might have been helping the Teals along. Rather than Teals, I think of them as Shac-ups.
Next election in in three years or less.
Biography (
Profile: Simon Holmes a Court (

Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
May 21, 2022 10:40 pm

Looks like Labor got their majority without teal assistance. Funny how everyone bags out Clive Palmer as being a greedy rich person, but Simon HaC is a saint and totally different!

Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
May 22, 2022 3:40 am

throw in targeted fullon adverts for the greens n greenindys by f u overbook
brainwashing by any name you like

May 21, 2022 8:07 pm

More of the stupid green wet dream nonsense that will cripple energy delivery in Australia as current baseload assets are withdrawn.

Geoff Sherrington
May 21, 2022 8:09 pm

This humbe, amateur political analyst guy (me) has long been telling the Libs that they will fail because they have not offered the voter a target that defines the liberal.
Take climate change as an example. Just about every paryty was, in some way or another, expressing that it will be good to get more severe with climate change aims, like doing away with fossil fuels.
I can not think of anyone I know who believes that we should treat climate change as a threat. Well over 50 % of Aussies, in my poor estimation, would like to say “Hang on, mate, are you sure that this climate change thing is really a global existential crisis? Are you sure that we can change the weather by destroying our fossil fuel industry? If it is so harmful to me, how come I cannot think of any way that climate change has made me feel worse?”
This 50% or whatever of the population has no party to turn to. The Libs were the logical party. They failed to fill the vacant shoes and they paid the price.
So Libs, why not spend the next 3 years getting better scientists for advice, why not fund proper analysis of the economics of fossil fuel versus “renewables”, why not discover the real reasons for climbing electricity prices, so on, so on.

Libs, your smart media manipulator policy advisors failed the elementary task of validating the (poor) science offered to them as “settled” when in non-media life there is a wide range of unsettled issues. Geoff S

Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
May 21, 2022 9:59 pm

Geoff, you won’t obtain a detective agency licence, I have never been a public service employee, the private sector has been my place of employment, the last before I decided to retire for almost twenty five years and over half that time managing director reporting to a public company board of directors. I have been fully self funded for twenty years.

Geoff Sherrington
Reply to  Dennis
May 22, 2022 2:46 am

What a relief to be shown to be a bad detective.
Apart from a few years in CSIRO, mine was all private enterprise, like you, reporting to the top gun before retirement struck. Cheers, friend Geoff

Peter B
May 21, 2022 8:39 pm

Eric, you shouldn’t have used their ABC! “mostly Liberal seats” is incorrect. They targeted only Liberal held seats in mostly rich inner city electorates.

Iain Russell
May 21, 2022 9:00 pm

Interesting?? We are wallaby Edward!

Reply to  Iain Russell
May 21, 2022 11:08 pm

Or Wallaby Ted’s brother.

Peter K
May 21, 2022 9:31 pm

Albo stated before the election, that workers should be paid above the inflation rate, which at the moment is 5.1%. This sets the bar for some very interesting enterprise work place bargaining, coming our way.

Reply to  Peter K
May 22, 2022 5:35 am

If I heard Anthony Albanese correctly, it was ‘at’ not ‘above’. The people in the lower socio-economic groups have been shafted enough – it has been going on in many other countries too like France (gilets jaunes) and Canada (truckers) – and it’s time someone got on their side. It was very surprising and very disappointing, though, that Labor not the coalition worked that out. If the coalition had put up that idea first and abandoned net-zero then I think they would have won very comfortably. The idiots didn’t. They deserved to lose.

May 21, 2022 9:33 pm

Rejoice, the new Prime Minister leading the party that was liked by 3 out of every 10 Australia voters announced that Australia will become a renewable energy super power.

The previous PM refused to stop coal mining, refused to increase Paris Agreement emissions target and end date brought forward from 2030 t0 2025 and refused to formally commit to net zero emissions by 2050, no agreement signed or considered.

The above is about to change.

Reply to  Dennis
May 22, 2022 12:22 am

As I said above: R.I.P.

May 21, 2022 10:44 pm

Greens win indeed. Scott Morrison rides off into the sunset to his retirement mai-tais without being called to account. Dan Andrews walks away. I can’t believe Australians aren’t chasing these people through the streets.

Two years of brutality. Of internment camps. Theft of bodily integrity, of personal freedom, of speech and of dignity. Enforced separation of families.

PM, MPs, Premiers — they should be flogged. Every one of them. Whatever happened to Australian ruggedness.

Reply to  Pat Frank
May 21, 2022 11:22 pm

It’s no surprise that Australia achieves many very silly election results when people like you apparently cannot seperate areas of responsibility and powers between our three levels of government.

And that the Commonwealth of Australia was formed by the British Colonial Governments in the Federation of States and for internal affairs the States have the most responsibilities and powers, they formed the Federal Government for external affairs and national affairs of interest to all States. The Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers have mostly no constitution based pathway to reprimand State Governments or stop State Parliament legislation, example lockdowns, restrictions and vaccine mandates enforced by State Health, State Police, State Courts of Law, etc.

However, working within the limitations the PM formed the (FORUM) National Leaders Cabinet to try and gain consensus and cooperation between the States and Premiers. Labor States then played party political games and reasonably successfully blamed the PM for what they had done to fool voters.

Old Cocky
Reply to  Dennis
May 22, 2022 1:28 am

Pat is in the USA, so our system of Federalism will be unfamiliar to him.

There do appear to be a lot of Australias who are similarly unaware, unfortunately.

Reply to  Dennis
May 22, 2022 10:38 am

The problem more evidently is, Dennis, that people such as yourself cannot disern when your government has become criminal. Or what should be done about it in that event.

Reply to  Pat Frank
May 22, 2022 10:37 pm

As you do not know me Pat that is a rather pointless and silly allegation.

Reply to  Dennis
May 23, 2022 7:47 am

Merely a direct inference from the defensive content of your post, Dennis.

Reply to  Dennis
May 23, 2022 5:05 am

No he didn’t.
In an effort to avoid blame, Scummo thought it would be a great idea to involve the Premieres, in case the excrement hit the rotating disc.

The net result was the Premieres totally ignoring Scummo, (they are only human), and doing what they liked, eg locking up the populace for months on end, (because that will stop Covid-19) and Scummo paying the pricks billions to do so.
He was more than happy to oblige, keeping the populace under the cosh.

Net result, Scummo is turfed and the Premieres are laughing their t$ts off.

May 21, 2022 11:13 pm

I was told decades ago that politics is always local, we get to vote for a local electorate candidate, not a prime minister or government, they are formed after local members from a majority source form a government and vote for a leader.

And, that the time to start campaigning for the next election is the day after the last.

May 22, 2022 12:19 am


May 22, 2022 12:47 am

Every decade or two we need a leftie government to remind people how crap they are at governing and give the conservatives a whack along the way for becoming too complacent. We get the bonus this time around of Albanese/the teals and the greens pushing their climate change agenda hopefully pretty quickly so that people can see and feel the hurt of the real consequences. Advice for the conservatives – don’t stand in their way, they are bound to stuff it up.

May 22, 2022 2:57 am

australia will be “lucky” to survive the next 3 yrs with dumbo n the d*ke running us into the ground;-( throw in the entitled femmes and the aboriginal proposed from the heart or whatever- were screwed.
truly felt nauseous listening to ms wrong and albo and the rest last night

Gerry, England
May 22, 2022 3:42 am

I seen Jo Nova comments:

Astonishingly a new government will be formed that nearly 70% of Australians didn’t vote for. The Labor Party won with the lowest primary vote ever recorded in Australian history.’

Australia has a preference voting system which is the ‘primary vote’ reference.

As a reference, in the UK with our first past the post system, the vast majority of MPs did not get the support of more than 50% of the electorate. The moronic lying oaf of a Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was only supported by 38% of his electorate. In a recent by election, the winning candidate managed just 18%. Often the largest party is the ‘none of these’ people who don’t vote but since the UK is not a functioning democracy where, other than the EU referendum, there is no power in your vote.

May 22, 2022 4:10 am

Nobody was talking the truth in that election campaign but here it is-
‘Challenge’ ahead for Labor (

The Morrison Govt had simply run out of puff and in the absence of any clear differentiation with Labor the punters went for a change. The simple facts are they were facing rising prices for everything and right in the middle of the campaign the RBA jacked up mortgage repayments. It’s always the hip pocket but Albo the Teals and Greens think they’re going to change the climate and Albo actually told the punters Labor would reduce their power bills by $275.

Really? When the rising cost of renewables was already coming through loud and clear with their bill hike notices-
Electricity bill shock ahead – WATTever
In September the temporary petrol excise reduction of 22c/L has to come back on and the RBA will be looking to hike interest rates again. This is going to be one short honeymoon period for the incoming mob as they can’t keep their promises without triggering more rampant inflation and higher interest rates.

Remember they start with a massive Covid helicopter money debt, NDIS spending out of control and already twice the cost of Medicare, hospital ramping everywhere and a lack of medicos particularly in the regions. Plus a NEM grid in dire straits in winter already with the high penetration of unreliables. (the AEMO is wisely sitting on the bad news report for June) Fostering more unreliables now will be pouring fuel on the power bill fire.

There’s no wriggle room whatsoever here and it will become obvious very quickly to the electorate they’ve been had. Not that the outgoing Liberals were being honest about that but watch for Matt Canavan and the Nationals with ‘we told you so’ with the climate changers as their e-motion doesn’t cut it. Would you believe they want to subsidize EVs when there’s up to 12 months wait for them? You’d only do that as a true believer when they’re sitting around unsold in the new showrooms for chrissakes.

I can see the Labor Govt going downhill rapidly like the Rudd Govt did here unless wiser heads prevail. If they have to team up with the Teals and Greens for a working majority that definitely won’t happen but either way I reckon they’ll be on the nose by Xmas.

Andrew Lale
May 22, 2022 6:25 am

It’s incredibly easy to go full Sri Lanka. Ask Argentina, who have been repeating ‘Sri Lanka’ cycles for about eighty years.

May 24, 2022 7:07 am

lol this should be funny if you don’t live in Australia or China

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