Let’s not hyperventilate
I HAD the temerity to suggest solar is cheaper to build than coal- fired power. I’ve had some feedback. One person said people who believe renewable power can be produced at a cheaper cost than coal- fired power are fooling themselves to the detriment of the consumer. Another said I was unAustralian. Well, I’m not much of a mathematician but let’s do the sums.
As I quoted last week, the Minerals Council of Australia have provided figures showing a 1000MW High Efficiency Low Emissions coal- fired power station can be built for $ 2.2 billion.
Some people say the real figure is closer to $ 3 billion but I’ll put that argument to one side.
The other piece of information I quoted was that the owners of Sun Metals zinc refinery are building a 125MW solar farm at Stuart for $ 200 million.
Hopefully, it will be cheaper than that because the refinery’s solar project manager says the farm is expected to be the lowest capital cost solar project in Australia with a price of $ 1.35 per watt.
The calculation on the $ 2.2 billion 1000MW coal- fired plant shows a capital cost of $ 2.20 per watt.
Now I appreciate solar is no good when the sun don’t shine.
I also see the folly in South Australia relying on intermittent power with an extension chord to Victoria’s coal- fired plants.
This kind of nightmare faces North Queensland.
Obviously we need a mix of generation but I think people should not be too quick to ride the coal- fired bandwagon.
Also, watch out for snake oil salesmen.
The LNP have not said they are going to build a coal- fired power station, only that they will approve one. Really, it’s lip service.
A key question is why our energy bills have doubled when 93 per cent of our power in Queensland is coal and gas- fired.
It has more to do with poles and wires and greed than renewable generation. If you trusted some sections of the media this week you’d believe there are huge problems with sexual harassment at universities – and we are a nation of problem gamblers.
The only problem is, the reports didn’t show that. Just the headlines and the spin people put on it.
Let’s take the Human Rights Commission report into sexual harassment first. Some media called this a major study, but it wasn’t. It was a survey sent to 350,000 students but only 10 per cent filled it out.
Of those, they were given 14 examples of sexual harassment.
The No 1 response was “inappropriate staring”.
So replace the headlines of an epidemic of harassment with: Less than 5 per cent of all uni students think they have been inappropriately stared at. But that wouldn’t make news would it?
Then we got headlines about a nation of problem gamblers. Some 220,000 to be exact.
But here’s the reality. Just 1.1 per cent of gamblers have a problem, meaning 98.9 per cent don’t have a problem. I don’t blame the advocates for trying to beat up numbers to make their point, but it’s a disgrace that so many in the media didn’t dig any deeper than the first page of these reports to tell the real story. Don’t trust anyone who says they want a republic but won’t tell you how it works.
I’m willing to discuss a republic, but only one kind. A republic where the president is appointed, not voted on by the public.
A direct election republic would be a disaster. There would be an election, a campaign and one where ALP and LNP would run – leaving half of the country angry at the person left in charge.
There would also be huge issues between a president who was personally directed who’d have the power to sack a prime minister of the other party.
I understand the case republicans have for national identity. But I will not accept a process that pretends this is a yes/ no question, where the fine print might be a republic that would ruin our governmental system.
So the next time someone says they are a republican, just ask them how it works. Local councils always find ways to shock us with their stupidity, but this week it got dangerous.
A local council in Sydney’s Bondi rejected an application for a new synagogue because it could be a potential terrorist target.
That’s right, one group of people with no history of violence in our community were told they can’t pray together because someone of another faith may want to blow it up.
Imagine if it was reversed, a council said no to a mosque because someone might try to attack it.
Even worse, this cowardice was endorsed by the Land and Environment Court. Luckily under state laws the planning minister can overrule this insanity.
The pressure is on, will they fold too or will someone stand up for a truly free Australia?
This Monday night on Paul Murray LIVE special guests Graham Richardson, Ross Cameron and Janine Perrett.
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