Is there an obvious correlation between population growth and the economy and housing? The answer it seems is no.
Once upon a time, renewables were touted as a way of preventing extreme depletion of scarce fossil fuels that would drive their prices to destructively high levels.
Power prices are not an issue that should ever have become hostage to politics, and they are not one that will be ignored in an election campaign.
It found renewables costs really take off when their power share increases above 50% – even if batteries cost 67% less than now.
There's very little reason to think the Andrews government's promised suburban loop rail line will catalyse jobs growth in suburban centres on a scale that even remotely justifies the cost.
To call it 'hydro-electric' is a fraud – it will not store one extra litre of water and will be a net consumer of electric power. It is a giant electric storage battery to be recharged using grid power.
Isn’t there a much, much better way to do cross-city public transport?
The Andrews government's planned $50 billion loop rail line around outer suburban Melbourne signals Victorian Labor has joined the other parties in giving up on rational urban policy.
I realised that what we have now is indeed our current policy, and it means in fact higher energy prices for as far ahead as you can see; I might have said so at the time.
Ahead of all consumers is a series of higher prices for both gas and electricity, whatever the politicians say now.
The biggest water-wasters are those towns and cities which supply unlimited free or subsidised water to large and growing populations. Everything supplied 'free' is wasted.
These are some of the reasons why the coalition government is 50 per cent in revolt against Malcolm Turnbull.