Alan Moran

Will a Biden win put pressure on our power prices – and more – with climate demands?

18 November 2020 5:00 am

Australia will face much-increased pressure to increase its greenhouse gas emissions abatement if Joe Biden is inaugurated as president on…

Joel Fitzgibbon’s departure shows the new fault line in Australian politics

11 November 2020 1:05 pm

Joel Fitzgibbon’s resignation as shadow minister for resources and agriculture and his departure to the Labor backbench is symptomatic of the new fault-line in…

National Water Week reveals a policy drought

23 October 2020 1:20 pm

This is National Water Week.  Its theme is “Reimagining our Water Future”. Proclaiming water to be one of the seven…

How Daniel Andrews added another $400 million to the power bill

16 October 2020 5:00 am

The Andrews Government is not telling us but it looks like they’ve lost the taxpayer some $400 million in long…

Budget 2020: Government keeps feeding poison to the power system

10 October 2020 2:00 pm

The budget allocated $8.7 million to assist the Vales Point generator in New South Wales in a $100 million upgrade…

Inside the federal by-election you may not have heard about

25 September 2020 1:02 pm

Due to the impending Queensland state election, there has been little discussion about the federal seat of Groom, which is…

The low emissions technology statement: a (hydrogen) bomb

23 September 2020 7:21 pm

Matt Canavan’s lucid insights published in the Australian this week show how little understanding politicians and officials have of the…

This week’s big energy announcements? Just another nail in the coffin of low-cost power

17 September 2020 11:17 am

The government’s energy policy announced this week is another milestone in the demise of what was once the world’s lowest-cost…

Can democracy survive an increasingly biased media?

16 September 2020 5:00 am

The ACCC is seeking to force Google and Facebook to pay for the media content they redistribute which has led…

Governments have made this recession worse. They can’t now impede recovery

2 September 2020 2:48 pm

A 7 per cent fall in GDP during the June quarter is pretty much to have been expected. Led by spending falls…

California dreamin’, our cheap and reliable electricity nightmare

20 August 2020 11:00 am

Matthew Warren in the AFR three days ago was highly critical of the electricity market manager’s proposed spending on new…

We can still have a V-shaped corona recovery. Here’s how

11 August 2020 1:00 pm

The shutdown in Victoria is devastating the state economy retarding the national recovery.    The data on which a picture actual…

How a premier should shoulder the burden of office

3 August 2020 7:02 pm

We can but wish… “It’s only fair”, Victorian Premier Dan Andrews said as he announced that he and his Cabinet…

Confucian wisdom

28 July 2020 12:59 pm

The International Energy Agency is just another international agency that Australia finances in order to receive advice that, if taken,…

Sorry Alan, but Modern Monetary Theory is a load of cobblers

20 July 2020 4:49 pm

Alan Kohler considers the current crisis provides the ideal laboratory for applying the catchily titled Modern Monetary Theory — MMT. …

Do we want to follow St Jacinda and price our industry out of existence?

10 July 2020 11:29 am

Rio Tinto’s announced closure of its aluminium smelter in New Zealand due to uncompetitive power prices this week is a…

Power companies must decide: are they about virtue signalling or cheap, reliable energy?

30 June 2020 4:30 pm

Yesterday, The Australian reported dissent within the Australian Energy Council (AEC), the industry association that represents electricity generators.  Of its 24…

Albo’s Claytons climate policy switch

24 June 2020 12:45 pm

In the media today, we see two contrasting ALP position papers, by Kevin Rudd in the AFR, and by Anthony…

Like it or not, Australia needs Donald Trump

18 June 2020 5:00 am

It is difficult to imagine a more critical juncture in Australian history:  We confront a world downturn, accompanied by a…

If we want to rebuild manufacturing post coronavirus, we need to cut the cost of energy

2 June 2020 5:00 am

In one of the most challenging commentaries by a senior politician, former resources minister Matt Canavan, advocates leaving the Paris…

Why is the Morrison Government leaving the back door open to a carbon tax?

20 May 2020 4:57 pm

As part of the ABC’s climate conspiracy agenda, Four Corners this week highlighted the “anger” at the government from the…

Whatever happened to economic leadership from business?

11 May 2020 5:00 am

Having reached the pinnacles of their profession, business leaders have earned the right to speak with authority and have become…

Revealed: the true cost of our stimulus spending

7 May 2020 1:34 pm

Relative to GDP Australian government spending to address COVID-19 has been among the highest in the world.   The Morrison…

The coronavirus can’t stop the windpower blowhards, let alone economic reality

30 April 2020 7:20 pm

For Australian energy, 2020 started precariously.  The bushfires showed the vulnerability of the nation to its subsidy-induced reliance on renewable…

Scott, Josh and Mathias: here’s how you get us out of this mess

22 April 2020 11:02 am

The Morrison government has flagged tax cuts and aggressive deregulation as part of a pro-business road to economic recovery. A…