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Bill Shorten sends you the bill for his largesse

The Opposition Leader’s Budget in Reply speech puts the opposition leader on equal footing with the government and allows them to paint their picture of Australia as it should be.

These have long been short on detail, high on aspiration.

Governments always complain that they aren’t costed – they never will be.

They are meant to bring you – the voter – into their universe, away from the reality of the world.

The government’s world (reality) is one of slow wages growth.

Shorten can fix that.

The government’s world (reality) has falling apprenticeships and university places.

Shorten can fix that.

There isn’t a problem he can’t fix.

We will have to wait and see.

What we do know is that based on this paragraph alone, Shorten cannot balance the budget or achieve a surplus.

Renewables will make the grid unstable

We’ve been saying this for weeks … maybe they’ll listen now:

Australia’s electricity grid is relying on emergency safety nets to keep the lights on, amid revelations the energy market operator stepped in more than 100 times last year to order South Australia’s gas generators to provide supply.

This has prompted the nation’s energy rule maker to launch an investigation as the transition to renewables from coal ratchets up costs and places “extraordinary pressures” on the power system.

SA’s electricity system is increasingly operating under the direct intervention of the grid operator, with last-ditch interventions reserved for emergencies becoming a default way of managing the network, as slabs of solar generation test the system’s strength, the Australian Energy Market Commission will warn today.

Derryn objects to what we can all see

No, Derryn. You’ve been capitalising on the misery of others for your own aggrandisement for more than 30 years. You aren’t a good person.

Own it.

This is not what free speech looks like

Free speech can be pretty, or pretty ugly, it is for us to decide as an audience, not for the thought police.

That a Liberal government introduced this is a blight on their name and history. Business Insider explains:

The Coalition government’s new social media laws could have a significant impact on the way in which platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube operate in Australia.

The Criminal Code Amendment Bill is designed to prevent social media platforms from being “weaponised” after the gunman behind the Christchurch attack used Facebook’s live-streaming service to broadcast himself killing 50 people.

But there are serious concerns that the new legislation has been rushed, and that it will have unintended consequences on the Australian tech industry.

The proposed legislation was only formally announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Saturday, and the Digital Industry Group Inc (DIGI), which represents Facebook, Google and Twitter, received the draft legislation on Tuesday. The Bill passed the Senate on Wednesday with no objection from the opposition and it was approved by Parliament on Thursday. Several Labor MPs complained about the legislation, including Bill Shorten, but approved it anyway.

Under the new legislation, people working for content-sharing companies can be fined or jailed for three years for hosting or streaming what the government is calling “abhorrent violent material”. That includes terrorist attacks, murders or rapes.

Should an Imam speak at Anzac Day ceremonies

If they are from Turkey, then it is appropriate; if not, then the motive must be questioned:

A decision to invite a Muslim cleric to say a prayer at an Anzac Day service has sparked an anguished backlash from veterans.

The Returned and Services Association (RSA) branch at Titahi Bay near Wellington has moved the Muslim prayer from its 6am dawn service to its 10am civic ceremony after some veterans said the dawn service should remember only NZ and Australian soldiers who have died in wars.

The backlash has exposed sensitive emotions around a sacred day in the New Zealand calendar as the nation struggles to become more “inclusive” after 50 Muslims were shot dead in the Christchurch mosque massacre.

Farewell, Mr Pyne