I’ve suggested a slew of digital public goods that might be built by governments taking the lead in configuring public private digital partnerships.
The choice of batteries is
Compared to local salaries, Australian cities are among the world's most unaffordable places to live. But you may not know why.
Hazelwood’s closure takes out 11 per cent of the Victorian-South Australian capacity of fossil and hydro availability.
With $90 billion spent on batteries and 4,000 MW of more wind farms, South Australia could be a totally renewable state, at least for electricity.
But an interstate scheme cannot be fixed by the unilateral actions of one state government – in this case, it is likely to be worsened.
We'd have power at three times the cost of coal plus whatever is the final price for the batteries.
In reality, the actual cost of the cross river rail project will be closer to $10 billion – and that's before the inevitable cost blow outs.
Politicians are starting to get the message, but is it all too late? Has the affordability horse bolted, permanently?
It is an article of faith for propagandists that if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.
Based on the last Census, the number of people who used rail – either in whole or in conjunction with some other form of transport – was 65,212. Not a big number.
The argument that Australian cities can significantly increase inner city density by replicating European housing forms is an argument for keeping newcomers out.