Power over­haul is cru­cial

Herald Sun - - SATURDAY -

THE Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion has de­clared that Aus­tralia’s pri­va­tised elec­tric­ity in­dus­try is “bro­ken”.

Ev­ery­one knew from the start the prob­lem was the de­struc­tion of the pub­licly owned state elec­tric­ity au­thor­i­ties run by hon­est, re­spon­si­ble, com­pe­tent en­gi­neers, and their hand­ing to greedy prof­i­teer­ing big busi­ness, against ex­pert ad­vice and the wishes of the cit­i­zens, by ir­re­spon­si­ble, dis­hon­est gov­ern­ments on the take.

There is only one way to prop­erly re­form Aus­tralia’s dys­func­tional elec­tric­ity sys­tem and guar­an­tee re­li­able, ef­fi­cient sup­ply at the low­est cost. That is, to purge, cleanse and dis­in­fect it of all elec­tric­ity mar­kets, boards, reg­u­la­tors, en­ergy re­tail­ers, mar­ket oper­a­tors, se­cu­rity boards, com­pe­ti­tion ide­ol­ogy, wind ide­ol­ogy, so­lar ide­ol­ogy, re­new­ables ide­ol­ogy, cap­i­tal­ist ide­ol­ogy, free-mar­ket ide­ol­ogy, pri­vati­sa­tion, mar­ket­ing, emis­sion “tar­gets”, eco­nomic mod­els, car­bon trad­ing, car­bon prices, gree­nie flower-power, an­ti­nu­clear su­per­sti­tion/hys­te­ria, party pol­i­tics, greed, cor­rup­tion, lies, dis­tor­tions, ig­no­ra­muses, in­com­pe­tents, ide­o­logues, lob­by­ists, con­sul­tants, bean coun­ters, econ­o­mists, cor­po­rate ex­ec­u­tives, busi­ness types, politi­cians and other par­a­sites.

Na­tion­alise it, and give it back to those who know what they are do­ing — the en­gi­neers. Give them a free hand and let them get on with it. How many times must this be re­peated? Yaroslav Dudin­ski, Sun­shine

Keep pol­i­tics out of it

EX­ACTLY who is Bill Shorten call­ing “knuckle drag­gers”? De­spite his in­sults he will find there are many in­tel­li­gent, think­ing peo­ple out there who, de­spite drag­ging knuck­les, know that a new, clean coal-fired sta­tion is des­per­ately needed — as do other clever coun­tries like Ger­many, which re­alise that so­lar and wind power can­not keep us afloat with­out ini­tial backup power.

The im­por­tant task of pro­vid­ing power should not be used for party pol­i­tics. If, like the Greens, he can’t — or won’t — see what lies ahead if we don’t have enough power to keep our busi­nesses go­ing, and the in­tent is to sneer at any­one who can, he should keep his in­sults to him­self and maybe con­trib­ute to a sen­si­ble de­bate about this wors­en­ing prob­lem. J.A. Ver­ity, Fern­tree Gully

Sly son should pay

HOW can Brian Man­tach, fa­ther of Lib­eral funds thief Damien Man­tach, think it is vin­dic­tive by the Lib­eral Party to ex­pect that he re­pay the theft, and that the sins of the son should be over­looked?

Has the fa­ther con­sid­ered all the mums and dads out there who have do­nated hard-earned money to the party, only to have it stolen? Dale Wise, Ash­wood

And pigs might fly …

I RANG a bet­ting agency to place a bet that the state elec­tion won’t con­tain any La­bor mis­truths, pro­mo­tion of class envy, or un­re­al­is­tic/ un­funded projects and cost­ings.

They laughed and sug­gested I should place a bet on a pig fly­ing as the odds were bet­ter. Larry Pis­cioneri, Be­nalla

Slip­ping stan­dards

THE big­gest name on TV when I was grow­ing up was Gra­ham Kennedy. De­spite his pop­u­lar­ity, he was taken off air for ut­ter­ing “FAAAARK”.

Around the same time the Baron Knights had a hit called The Red Baron. The word “bloody” was beeped out of the cho­rus. Sim­i­lar cen­sor­ship oc­curred with Johnny Cash and John Len­non songs.

I re­call a sci­ence class at New­lands High where our teacher cited “Arthur’s seat” as a flaw in the Earth’s sur­face. I whis­pered “Arthur’s bum” to the per­son next to me. The teacher heard, and I’m still em­bar­rassed.

I do my share of swear­ing in the com­pany of my peers, but I do won­der where our stan­dards are head­ing when a min­is­ter refers to a col­league in an email as a c---.

The use of the four-let­ter word has be­come nor­mal, and it is no longer con­sid­ered rude to swear in front of chil­dren, older per­sons or peo­ple in author­ity. I of­ten ask my­self if this lack of re­spect may be par­tially a re­sult of our per­mis­sive so­ci­ety. Jim Nedelkos, Greens­bor­ough

Leaves a bad taste

JUST what is hap­pen­ing in the food in­dus­try th­ese days?

With re­call of con­tam­i­nated prod­ucts (frozen foods, and not for the first time) from our ma­jor out­lets, it should not be too much to ex­pect in this day and age that cus­tomers can pur­chase prod­ucts with ut­most con­fi­dence that the prod­uct is safe to serve to their fam­ily, and not be con­cerned whether it is con­tam­i­nated with lis­te­ria or any other bac­te­rial con­tent.

Cus­tomers de­serve the prod­ucts they pur­chase to be from safe and su­per­vised, clean and healthy pro­duc­ers. This is not re­ally good enough and health de­part­ments need to be more aware of where food is com­ing from into this coun­try. V. Wil­son, Mt Martha

Fix this blind spot

I WANT to com­pli­ment Chan­nel 9 for a fab­u­lous new re­al­ity show, Buy­ing Blind.

Apart from the great sto­ries, it’s the per­fect de­pic­tion of the re­al­i­ties of the crazy Mel­bourne and Sydney hous­ing mar­kets.

I en­cour­age the Prime Min­is­ter to watch and learn how his poli­cies have so neg­a­tively af­fected the abil­ity for ev­ery­day Aus­tralians to buy a house.

Please put a stop to for­eign own­er­ship of our houses and give our chil­dren hope for the Aus­tralian dream. Rod Min, Tem­plestowe

Un­fair slur on rac­ing

SARA Coe (YS, July 12) ad­vo­cates for horse own­ers to pay an an­nual manda­tory fee to re­home an­i­mals post-rac­ing. Well, they al­ready do.

In Vic­to­ria (and NSW) 2 per cent of all stake­money is re­moved prior to dis­tri­bu­tion and al­lo­cated to jockey and equine wel­fare funds. That hap­pens on ev­ery race of the year — metropoli­tan and pro­vin­cial — and there­fore is a sig­nif­i­cant, manda­tory in­vest­ment in both hu­man and equine wel­fare. I can pre­sume the

Four Cor­ners re­port failed to men­tion this. Nor a raft of other ini­tia­tives like Off The Track (fund­ing re­la­tion­ships with other eques­trian sports), ma­jor im­prove­ments in trac­ing horses pos­trac­ing and rig­or­ous re­hom­ing prac­tices that are fol­lowed by the vast ma­jor­ity of sta­bles.

You don’t have to like rac­ing but it is an in­te­gral part of our so­ci­ety and is not go­ing away.

Carte blanche por­tray­als of all in the in­dus­try are a slur to the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of hon­est, hard­work­ing par­tic­i­pants. Michael Cross, Mor­dial­loc

Poms just got lucky

I’M still not sure why all the fuss about Eng­land’s World Cup cam­paign.

They were given the eas­i­est draw in a tour­na­ment where Italy and the Nether­lands didn’t qual­ify and big teams like Spain, Ar­gentina and Ger­many self-de­struc­ted. When it’s all stripped back, they only beat Panama, Tu­nisia and Swe­den in nor­mal time.

Con­trary to the rest of the world, I be­lieve Eng­land failed and I don’t think the fu­ture is as rosy as ev­ery­one is try­ing to make out. S. Stanisic, Mul­grave

Sick of bad deals

A LOT has been said and writ­ten about the plight of the Suns, Bris­bane and Carl­ton.

As a Lions sup­porter, I get sick of watch­ing our for­mer play­ers run­ning around in other sides — Tom Rock­liff, Jared Polec, Jack Red­den, to name a few. It’s the same for Carl­ton and the Suns.

I am not sug­gest­ing they get ex­tra draft picks. What I sug­gest is that if a player wants to join an­other club, the re­ceiv­ing club should have to give up a good player, say one that has played at least 50 AFL games — oth­er­wise no deal. Rod Dorey, Carsel­dine, Qld

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