Well isn’t it fun to watch the current debate on energy in Australia. A lack of leadership: a raft of novel ideas mired in uncertainty and other potential social harm (Snowy River Part Deux); the desire to subsidise (cash, environmental standards, and water) and continue to mine a commodity that the rest of the world doesn’t want at potential expense of the reef ; and the sudden nationalistic fervour to buy back or subsidise coal power plants that have reached the end of their operational life (Liddell and Hazelwood)
So it’s probably time to dust off one of my favourite expressions about bad policy:
On 23 August, I appeared before the House of Representatives, Standing Committee’s public hearing into 'Water-use efficiency in Australian agriculture' along with Associate Prof Wheeler and Dr Adam Loch to discuss our joint submission (here).
The draft Hansard transcript of the day (is here), and our session starts at page 13.