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Shorten’s energy policy

What Bill Shorten proposed yesterday will be a massive change for the economy.

It is remarkable that he has no costings. This could be a very damaging oversight.

Unless the cost is so great it would make Wayne Swan blush:

Bill Shorten has refused to outline the cost his climate change policy will have on the economy, business, electricity prices or GDP growth.

Scott Morrison and other Liberal ministers have slammed Labor’s climate plan as a new version of the carbon tax and their use of international carbon credits could take $35 billion out of the Australian economy.

The Opposition Leader today refused to answer direct questions outlining the costs of his policy, but said he would not make any changes to fuel excise and claimed the cost of not acting on climate change would be even greater.

One thing is guaranteed, when government gets involved in the electricity system -especially with green schemes – the price goes skyward.

If you want data about the theory of EVs on the grid, look to the IEA. but this is theory. We have no idea what it will really mean in practice.

It might look like this, for all we know.

This is superb from former PM Gordon Brown

And this will bring tears to your eyes (as it did to mine):


AOC is monumentally stupid

Whch is to say, she is a monument to stupidity.

So are these idiots

It’s a shame your children will suffer for you being a monumental dropkick, but that is no longer our problem.

Tell your story walking:

A Sydney tradesman who joined Islamic State in Syria more than three years ago and is now detained by Kurdish forces after the fall of the notorious terrorist group has begged Australia to bring him and his family home.

Mohammed Noor Masri, 26, said he’s prepared to face a lengthy jail sentence in Australia for his “mistake” but wants his pregnant wife, who is also Australian, and their three young children, brought out of Syria.

The debate about immigration has been silenced

Taking topics off the table so they can’t be discussed – closing the Overton window – is not a good idea. Topics don’t suddenly move on, they remain a concern, they just aren’t addressed.

This is what happened in the 1980s. And the result was a simmering tension which created Pauline Hanson.

The debate can be silenced, but that doesn’t mean the debate has gone away. The debate will remain, but it will be manifest in some way. It is always is. The Australian reports ($$$):

Senior Coalition figures are warning that legitimate debates over population levels, refugees and border protection are being hijacked­ by claims of racism and argue that left-wing policies — includin­g ending offshore processing — are more likely to stoke racist sentiment than any of the immigration policies implemented by Scott Morrison.

In the wake of the Christchurch massacre in which an Australian shot dead 50 Muslim worshippers, former deputy prime minister John Anderson told The Weekend Australian it was essential for honest debates to be held about complex issues such as the social integration of migrants and refugees. The Nationals leader from 1999 to 2005 expressed concern that, among the intelligentsia, there was a “loathing of Western culture and an idea that it is to blame for everything”.

And one reason is comments like this from the Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John.

Have a listen to what he is really saying: if you question immigration (Muslim or otherwise) you have no right to comment.

If you want to stop people drowning at sea, you have no right to comment.

He doesn’t say that directly, but they never do. that’s the point.

In case you’re wondering, he’s 24. He dropped out of uni because he replaced Scott Ludlum in the Senate.

And finally, he received 146 votes in his own right.

Leon Russell (b 1942)

(From Wikipedia)

Leon Russell’s collaborations rank as some of the most successful in music history, and as a touring musician he performed with hundreds of notable artists. He recorded 33 albums and at least 430 songs. He wrote “Delta Lady“, recorded by Joe Cocker, and organized and performed with Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour in 1970. His “A Song for You“, added to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018, has been recorded by more than 200 artists, and his “This Masquerade” by more than 75.

As a pianist, he played in his early years on albums by The Beach Boys, Dick Dale and Jan and Dean. On his first album, Leon Russell, in 1970, the musicians included Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison. One of his biggest early fans, Elton John, said Russell was a “mentor” and an “inspiration”. They recorded their album The Union in 2010, which earned them a Grammy nomination.

Russell produced and played in recording sessions for, among others Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Ike & Tina Turner, and The Rolling Stones. He wrote and recorded the hits “Tight Rope” and “Lady Blue“. He performed at The Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 along with Harrison, Dylan, and Clapton, for which he earned a Grammy Award.

His recordings earned six gold records. He received two Grammy awards from seven nominations. In 2011, he was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.