Alan Moran

The nuclear gamble

21 June 2024 3:50 am

Finally, the Opposition has announced it is going to develop a nuclear power future for Australia. The government, along with…

Recognising ignorance

19 June 2024 2:45 am

In March this year, Treasurer Jim Chalmers asked the Productivity Commission (PC) to assess competition-enhancing reform options to reinvigorate the…

Government regulations are responsible for unaffordable housing

11 June 2024 9:46 pm

The Australian house building (though not apartment building) industry is mainly non-unionised and therefore has low costs. But building a…

Renewable energy subsidies undermine our economy

6 June 2024 12:53 am

Australia has seen a 20-year downward trend in productivity. Many other nations have seen similar trends and the cause is…

Budget review: net zero cannibalises our prosperity

16 May 2024 2:18 am

The public is receiving the Budget with a sense of bored irrelevance. People are pleased to see a $300 cut…

Victoria’s Budget reveals a state strangled by Labor

10 May 2024 3:16 am

Forty years ago, John Cain’s Victorian government commenced an era of extravagant expenditure turbocharged by the Victorian Economic Development Corporation (a…

The modern obsession with ‘green’ investment

1 May 2024 2:30 am

The recently deceased Charlie Munger of Berkshire Hathaway was arguably the most successful investor ever. He was noted for his…

Broken promises, broken budgets

22 April 2024 3:00 am

In December 2021, Anthony Albanese announced his ‘plan’ to reduce electricity prices by $275 per household by 2025. He said…

Albanese’s Net Zero protectionism

15 April 2024 1:47 pm

Mr Albanese is announcing a new protectionism with the government driving a ‘new competition’ approach centred on a Net Zero…

We have a problem with democracy

4 April 2024 3:30 am

The UK Reform Party, whose President is Nigel Farage, is campaigning for a referendum on ‘Net Zero’. However, YouGov polling…

Fatal flaws exposed in the Net Zero transition. What is to be done?

26 March 2024 2:00 am

According to NSW’s Ausgrid, the most recent AEMO draft Integrated System Plan (ISP) for electricity supply will require $325 billion…

The grim cost of firming up solar and wind

20 March 2024 3:30 am

The ‘transition’ of the electricity supply industry has been forced by government subsidies to renewable energy generators with increased impositions…

Retrieving Australia’s energy policy disaster

29 February 2024 1:50 am

Australian governments are in denial but it’s clear that the great green revolution they planned for energy supply has failed…

The solution to our government-induced malaise

19 February 2024 2:00 am

Studying last month’s Davos meeting of the world’s (largely self-appointed) elites, Walter Russell Mead sees an inflection point. He says that when…

Plucking the income goose

8 February 2024 1:40 am

Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Louis XIV’s celebrated Finance Minister, is reported to have said, ‘The act of taxation consists in so plucking…

Will this be the summer of Daniel?

31 January 2024 3:00 am

‘Wholesale electricity prices on the East Coast have halved from 2022 levels, reflecting the increasing role that low-cost renewables are…

Renewables: an expensive nightmare to nowhere

16 January 2024 2:11 pm

Plans for the elimination of coal require increasing regulatory measures and ever-escalating levels of government spending. Federally, the ALP has…

20 years since John Howard’s renewable energy policy

5 January 2024 2:25 am

It is now just over 20 years since John Howard introduced a renewable energy policy which required wind/solar-generated electricity to…

The energy Grinch

27 December 2023 2:06 pm

Just before Christmas, the CSIRO presented the government with an analysis in support of their beliefs that wind and solar…

From West to East: shifting global power via Net Zero

21 December 2023 2:00 am

The 28th annual scourging of fossil fuel users, the Conference of Parties (COP28), has been and gone. Like the previous…

Capacity Investment Scheme hog-ties nation to energy woes

9 December 2023 2:13 pm

Market regulation is designed to modify the outputs of, and inputs to, goods and services. In doing so, they will…

The broken water politics of the Murray Darling Basin

25 November 2023 6:37 am

Twenty-five years ago, initiating a pattern that is now commonplace, a group of radical environmentalists calling themselves scientists launched a…

Labor cannot escape blame for economic woes

17 November 2023 12:36 am

The Australian Financial Review’s Michael Read demonstrated how Australia experienced a sharp reduction in living standards during the third quarter of 2023,…

The Paris crowd

7 November 2023 4:15 am

Last month, the Paris-based OECD published its latest assessment of the Australian economy. Nobody read it other than those people paid to…

The Bowen delusion

30 October 2023 3:00 am

Both the ALP and the Coalition, ostensibly as a means to reduce national emissions of CO2, espouse wind and solar…