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Extinction Rebellion have cost Victoria $3 million (and counting)

They’re lucky. If they were on the right, they might have been sent a bill. But they’re not, so they aren’t:

More than 40 climate activists are facing up to five years imprisonment in Victoria after a week of chaotic protests that reportedly cost the state at least $3 million.

Victoria Police North West Metro Commander Tim Hansen said the response to Extinction Rebellion’s week of action, which threw Melbourne into chaos after protesters blocked key intersections and roads, racking up a total of 16,000 patrol hours involving officers from the public order response team, the mounted branch, highway patrol, brawler vans, search and rescue as well as logistic advisers and drones operators.

Why Greta lost

This is almost too funny for words. Even The Breakdown thought she was a dead-set cert for the Nobel. But no one told the committe, whcih had a pretty good reason for turning her down:

The head of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, Henrik Urdal, told The Post that he left Thunberg off the Nobel Peace Prize shortlist he suggested to the prize committee because there “isn’t scientific consensus that there is a linear relationship between climate change – or resource scarcity, more broadly – and armed conflict.”

There’s only one thing to say: how dare you!

Much ado about donut

Meh. Unfortunate. But meh:

What a way to start the week.

Up before the sun, a staffer in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office combs through the newspapers, assembling an extensive set of talking points to keep Coalition MPs on message throughout a busy sitting day in Canberra.

But instead of emailing the innocuously titled “morning note” to ministers and backbenchers, the offering was accidentally sent to the entire press gallery.

It’s such a Canberra bubble story.

Is anyone surprised?

And why is Labor laughing?

He used to work for PM Gillard

Of al the struggles Julia Gillard had to face, ‘advisors’ like The Kouk may have been her greatest impediment:

Judith Sloan rips the IMF apart

Worth the price of the subscription:

The IMF blog post starts off with worthy-sounding guff. “Global warming has become a clear and present threat. Actions and commitments to date have fallen short. The longer we wait, the greater the loss of life and damage to the world economy.” None of these assertions is verified.

According to the four authors, what we need is a global carbon tax. And not just a little carbon tax. For Australia — but bear in mind the report is not about Australia, despite some local reporting — a carbon tax of $US75 a tonne will be required, which at today’s exchange rate is $110. The report notes that the average carbon tax today is $US2.

You can see this being a hit. Retail electricity prices would rise by between 70 per cent and 90 per cent from their already extremely high levels. And the price of petrol would increase by an estimated 10c a litre, although that sounds like a significant underestimate.

Worth the read.

It goes on:

The problem with these political, substandard reports is that they will be endlessly quoted — not so much for their contents but for their sheer release. Indeed, Labor’s hapless energy spokesman, Mark Butler, who is battling the sensible wing of his party, was immediately on to it.

Right on cue, Richard Dennis in the AFR quoted the article.