RET Review Panel Head, Dick Warburton: “the RET should be ended now”

Since the RET Review Panel delivered its coup de grâce to the Australian wind industry, the wind industry and its parasites – and the ABC and Fairfax press that run cover for them – have all tried to put a very different spin on the panel’s recommendations – as to which, see our post here. […]

Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey & Mathias Cormann: Natural Born RET Killers

**** Tony Abbott has made no secret of his eagerness to do away with the most colossal corporate welfare scheme in the history of the Commonwealth (see our posts here and here and here). And his Treasurer, Joe Hockey has pinned his colours to the mast as someone who can’t stand wind farms – and […]

When the Wind Doesn’t Blow…NO POWER!

Terry McCran writes about the stupidity of intermittent power output from wind farms in Australia looking at July 21. Truth is July 22 was worse. When the wind doesn’t blow, the power doesn’t switch on Terry McCrann Herald Sun 22 July 2014 ON Monday, all the wind farms in Southern Australia, all the hundreds of […]

Jennifer Westacott: Time to End Poorly-Designed Energy Policy

Jennifer Westacott is the chief executive of the Business Council of Australia and has extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors. She has occupied critical leadership positions in the New South Wales and Victorian governments. This weekend she wrote in The Australian about the devastating impact of poorly-designed energy policy on businesses and energy consumers – and the necessity […]

Tony Abbott: RET a Threat to Jobs in All Industries (not just Aluminum Smelters)

**** Over the last week or two the press has been giving a fair bit of coverage to the fact that there are 25 Coalition Members who are trying to find a “Goldilocks solution” to the disaster that is the mandatory Renewable Energy Target. The group – which is being directed by Ian “Macca” Macfarlane […]

Mandatory RET the Nail in the Coffin for Aluminium Processors

**** When it comes to rock scratching Australia is one of the world’s biggest: bauxite is no exception. Australia currently has 5 bauxite mines in operation: Boddington (Western Australia) – BHP Billiton – Worsley Alumina; Gove (Northern Territory) – Pacific Aluminium; Huntly (Western Australia) – Alcoa of Australia; Willowdale (Western Australia) – Alcoa of Australia; […]

The Renewable Energy Target & the REC Tax: a Political Time-Bomb for Tony Abbott

**** Following the Coalition’s first budget, Australian political discourse is bouncing firmly along the bottom of the gutter. Barrackers for the hard-green-left lunatic fringe – like the ABC, SBS and the Fairfax Press – have taken to seizing on Coalition “horrors”: like the fact that the Treasurer and Finance Minister were unrepentant about being “caught” […]

Australia’s Miners say: “Tony, it’s Time for the Great Big Toxic REC Tax to GO”

**** As the RET Review Panel get ready to help axe the mandatory Renewable Energy Target, Australia’s miners have united to brand the RET a guaranteed “job killer” and just “plain crazy”. The miners quite rightly identify the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) issued under that policy as an enormous and unnecessary cost burden to households […]

Dennis Shanahan: time to scrap the “secret” carbon tax

**** The Australian’s Dennis Shanahan has come out swinging against the RET – calling it the “secret” carbon tax that simply has to go. Abbott finds energy to act on ‘secret’ carbon tax The Australian Dennis Shanahan, comment 18 February 2014 AFTER years of shadow boxing, Tony Abbott has finally decided to act on the […]

Call to Scrap RET goes from Whisper to Roar: BCA joins the queue

Renewable energy target distorting market: BCA The Australian Annabel Hepworth 14 February 2014 THE nation’s peak business group has warned that the controversial renewable energy target — already blamed for distorting the $11 billion National Electricity Market — could become more expensive when the carbon tax is repealed. In a submission obtained by The Australian, […]