Friday with a election tomorrow

Hello. It,s Friday and apparently there is a election in WA. tomorrow.

By all accounts could see Labor returned to power after 8 years and  consign Barnett and his ilk to oblivion with a record of doing ok when the miming boom was on but no strategy for when it finished.

Labor should win the lower house easily but the upper house will be interesting with the libs /Onenation loonies preference deal.

So but Sunday morning Malcolm will be on tv saying the election was fought on state issues nothing to do with his inept federal government and the msm will probably go along.

Bob would Bite Malcolm if he could

Bob Walk

So would these 2

20160813_141156

Should be a happy night tomorrow. Enjoy the  victory

 

630 thoughts on “Friday with a election tomorrow

  1. This Snowy Hydro thing that Mal has pulled out of his arse is no different to all those other big projects that get trotted out whenever they want to grandstand, things like Railway lines, Dams and pipelines to bring water from the Kimberley.
    Speaking of water where do they think they are going to get water for new Hydro power stations, we rarely get decent snow seasons any more. If they are talking about pumped hydro, where does the electricity to pump the water uphill come from?

    • Spot on.

      All Mal was announcing was a feasibility study, due to be handed in at the end of the year. Something most of the usual suspects didn’t mention. The Oz did, though.

      He has made his ‘look at me’ announcement, kept it as vague as he could and the whole thing will now be forgotten.

      Fraudenberg said ‘we’ had been talking with Snowy Hydro for quite some time. That probably translates as ‘since lunchtime yesterday’. Need proof the thing was rushed? The Victorian government knew nothing about this plan until they heard it on the radio this morning, yet Turnbull said he expects Victoria and NSW to provide some of the funds. He did tell Gladys yesterday and she was, apparently ‘very excited’ Well, she would be. it’s a handy distraction from the scandals she faces and her own incompetence.

  2. puffyTMD

    “Note to Mal:
    Venture into SA at your peril. ”
    .
    He is running out of places to go. WA was not exactly putting out the welcome mat last times he snuck over the border.

  3. In the past few months I’ve grown quite excited about the advances in renewable energy, with companies like Tesla seemingly paving the way.

    For instance, in Ballarat, they’ve installed a Tesla Car charging station near my local shopping center. I didn’t know what it was at first so I looked it up and I found out that they’ve installed these stations every 100-150km from Sydney to Melbourne along the Hume Freeway and seem to now be doing the same along the Western Highway from Melbourne to Adelaide. And that a fully charged Tesla car battery can go about 200-250km.

    And as far as I can tell, recharging is free, but takes around 30 minutes and the cars themselves cost over $100K. But hopefully that’ll go down in price.

    And this latest attention to SA Power by Tesla makes me kind of excited about the possibilities of there actually being infrastructure put in place to fully support renewable energy.

    Turnbull is really pissing me off with his attempts to run interference. Hopefully he doesn’t scare off investments like this.

    • That’s excellent that other car makers are taking up the competition. I remember in the late 2000’s that the Prius seemed to be going it alone, and people who drove them seemed to be mocked for doing so.

      This time feels different somehow, what with electric car infrastructure starting to appear in regional towns.

  4. Just been listening to Boltand the newly returned (from Africa) Steve Price.

    Have to say they are the clearest on Turnbull: he’s eff’d.

  5. Oh well. So much for that “Sucking Sycophant” speech by Turnbull so lauded by the rest of the media. That seems to have been forgotten pretty quickly.

    I’m surprised that Abbott hasn’t made a move today though, now that Newspoll is in the field. Although that exchange between Weatherill and Frydenburg didn’t look at all good for the government. It was a magnificent bit of television right there, a Labor Premier and a Liberal federal Minister doing a “joint press conference” where they’re throwing barbs at each other while standing that close.

  6. Turnbull – I am a nation-building prime minister’.

    Pfffft.

    Why didn’t someone ask about the NBN?

    • Emperor Malcolm I, first of the Turnbull dynasty, is well-known for his agility, innovation, nimbleness, suaveness – but, most of all – his wordsmithery.

      Such a shame he doesn’t seem to understand the difference between “building” and “demolishing”.

  7. OK, so Josh is visiting SA to (why was he there?).

    Manners would dictate that the guest does not leave without letting the host have the last word or, at least, say goodbye to him.

    Class will tell. Just watch how Jay lets Josh have the floor with no interruptions. I don’t want to play poker with that man: just check his mien.

  8. Rob Oakeshott gets into the energy debate.

    Our energy policy is a symbol of a failing federation.

    Even the language of national electricity grids, markets, national regulators and operators is deliberately misleading. The truth is there is no central commonwealth energy legislation that determines the future of electricity generation, supply, and retail.

    Instead, through the monolith that is the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), each State agrees to model their own state legislation on, ironically, South Australian legislation, and by doing so, a state-controlled national market, of sorts, has developed.

    Yet now, to make even the smallest change to current arrangements means each state would have to agree to it through COAG, and administrative arrangements (regulation or legislation) run the gauntlet of each State legislature. With the market changing so rapidly, this arrangement is slow, cumbersome and failing. Look at the basketcase Renewable Energy Target (RET) debate for just one of many recent examples

    http://www.oakeshott.com.au/news/power

  9. “to make even the smallest change to current arrangements means each state would have to agree to it through COAG”

    “have to” can’t be right: WA didn’t do it.

    BTW, the energy “crisis” is no failing of “federation”: it is a failing of the privatisation that the States have done, for reason of short-term economic “benefit” or, more likely, ideology.

    • There is – perhaps – a principled reason.

      My response is: because English is such a mongrel of a language that lots of different varieties are possible.

      Just think of the various possibilities of “ough”

      “bough”

      “bought”

      “sough”

      “tough”

      “trough”

      “wrought”

      and I’m sure I’ve missed some.

      However, I’m in urgent need of basketing, so I shall leave all of youse Pubsters to meditate upon imponderables.

  10. I have it on good authority that many NSW Libs (Fed and State) are spewing at the thought of Mals Snowy Mts mark 2 even being a remote possibility. The idea that a program that brought several hundred CFMEU members into a marginal seat (Eden Monaro) might happen when they are desperately trying to sandbag as many seats as possible is causing lots of brown stuff to run down the legs of a lot of people.

    • Never thought of that. All those damned union members in their electorates would be a real style cramper. 👿

    • Mike,

      That, if for no other reason, really attracts me to Mal’s most recent brainfart!

  11. A lot of naughty people have been fiddling with Josh Frydenberg’s Wikipedia entry today. Wikipedia calls it “persistent disruptive editing”.

    It’s all back to normal now, allegedly ‘protected’, but for how long?

    And –

    Joshua Anthony “Josh” Frydenberg (born 17 July 1971) is an Australian politician. He has been a member of the Australian House of Representatives for the seat of Kooyong representing the Liberal Party since August 2010. Frydenberg served in various junior ministerial roles in the Abbott Government from 2013 before being promoted as the Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia in the Turnbull Government in September 2015. He is currently serving as the Minister for the Environment and Energy, and holds the honorary position of ‘Weatherill’s Punching Bag’ in the South Australian State Government (awarded in person 16 March 2017 at an AGL Energy press release

    https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Josh_Frydenberg&oldid=770566590

    And –

    On 19th February 2017, he lied to the Australian public[16] on the show Insiders about the cause of the South Australian blackouts which by that time it had been already proven false.[17][better source needed] On February 8, 2017, over 90,000 households in Adelaide lost power for 45 minutes in the middle of a major heatwave. It was ordered to be cut by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), causing controversy with the state government

    https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Josh_Frydenberg&oldid=770561501

    And –

    Joshua Anthony “Josh” Frydenberg (born 17 July 1971) is an Australian politician. He has been a member of the Australian House of Representatives for the seat of Kooyong representing the Liberal Party since August 2010. Frydenberg served in various junior ministerial roles in the Abbott Government from 2013 before being promoted as the Minister for Resources, Energy and [[Minister for Home Affairs (Australia) before being brutally torched by the South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill on live television. The much publicised demise resulted in a viral video with Jay Weatherall regarded as a hero for truth, justice and Australian values

    https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Josh_Frydenberg&oldid=770559739

    There’s more, but you will have to rummage through the page history for yourselves.

    • There’s another good get from his previous existence as Stocking Downer’s adviser. Something to do with a leaked something or other to the press …

      Couldn’t possibly comment, old boy.

  12. As much as the Libs fear the plantation of a couple of hundred CFMEU members in Eden Monaro, they really fear the possibility of an agency for really organising in a part of the electorate where until recently the ALP has not had much in the way of a presence. Mal may talk up the possibility of building a dam or a tunnell or two, but actually doing anything will be over the dead bodies of several important figures in NSW Libs. Mal could also be roadkill.

  13. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/industrial-relations/32-counts-of-fraud-hit-awu-bagman-ralph-blewitt/news-story/4d87aeba9d056d873324f0ee8635d52c

    32 counts of fraud hit AWU bagman Ralph Blewitt
    The Australian 12:00AM March 17, 2017
    Andrew Burrell WA Chief Reporter Perth

    West Australian detectives investigating the Australian Workers’ Union slush fund scandal have charged former union official Ralph Blewitt with 32 counts of fraud over the alleged misappropriation of more than $400,000.

    Mr Blewitt, who is 71 and lives in Malaysia, has previously ­admitted to his role in using the AWU Reform Association fund established by then AWU boss Bruce Wilson, who at the time was in a relationship with Julia Gillard. Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon recommended more than two years ago that Mr Blewitt and Wilson face prosecution for fraud-related offences connected to the slush fund.

    Mr Blewitt was interviewed by detectives in Perth earlier this month. He had been warned to expect charges, most likely in WA, where the slush fund was incorporated in the 1990s. Victoria Police referred the case to their WA counterparts last year, four years after opening the file.

    WA Police said last night major fraud squad detectives had charged a 71-year-old man with 31 counts of fraud and he would appear in the Perth Magistrate’s Court next Wednesday.

    “The charges relate to the misappropriation of more than $400,000,” a statement said.

    “It will be alleged the offences occurred between April 1992 and December 1994. The man, who currently resides in Malaysia, has been granted bail.”

    The AWU affair ensnared Ms Gillard during her time as prime minister. Ms Gillard, who has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, provided legal advice to help Mr Wilson establish the association she later described to her bosses at law firm Slater & Gordon as a “slush fund”.

    Mr Heydon found Ms Gillard was duped by her then boyfriend but did not commit any crime.

    In 2012, Mr Blewitt told The Australian he was seeking immunity from criminal prosecution in return for providing a statement to police. “I could face criminal charges,” he said. “My lawyers have told me that if I seek to tell the whole story, they will seek immunity from prosecution for me.”

    He said he “would like the whole thing to go away” and had never benefited from the funds.

    Mr Blewitt is the former legal owner of a house in Melbourne’s inner-city suburb of Fitzroy that was used by Mr Wilson and allegedly bought with misappropriated AWU funds in a transaction handled and partly financed by Slater & Gordon.

    The terrace house later became part of a police and union investigation as Mr Blewitt and Mr Wilson were accused of ­siphoning hundreds of thousands of dollars from the AWU, including funds companies such as Thiess handed over in the ­belief it was to pay for members’ training.

  14. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/16/what-happens-when-queen-elizabeth-dies-london-bridge a long but interesting read

    https://thewest.com.au/politics/state-election-2017/faithful-land-a-seat-at-cabinet-brimming-with-talent-ng-b88417415z

    http://kevinbonham.blogspot.com/2017/03/wa-washup-another-one-bites-dust.html

    https://thewest.com.au/politics/state-election-2017/poll-windfall-for-hanson-ng-b88416016z

    The above story is of interest given what IA said about PHON’s WA no budget “scampaign” two weeks ago

    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/wa-wa-land-inside-one-nations-western-australian-campaign,10079

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Confidence in the housing market has collapsed, with the number of Australians describing property as the wisest place to put their savings falling to its lowest level in more than 40 years. It had to happen.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/confidence-in-housing-collapses-to-lowest-level-in-40-years-survey-20170316-guzfz7.html
    John Hewson nails it on the energy issue when he says that sometimes we seem to forget that in the design and implementation of public policy and reform we are attempting to improve our society, not just our economy.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/when-services-are-privatised-there-must-be-accountability-20170315-guz660.html
    Here’s Michelle Grattan’s Friday wrap.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-turnbull-turns-to-water-as-power-debate-fires-up-74696
    The cost of the federal government’s much-hyped Snowy Hydro upgrade could double once network upgrades are included, experts have warned.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/energy/cost-of-snowy-upgrade-likely-to-double-experts-warn-20170316-guz9jz.html
    The SMH editorialises that the Snowy move may be a grand political gesture but it does not fix the energy issue. Agreement is required between states and Canberra to rewrite the national power grid rules. And a market mechanism is required to ensure a smoother transition to the most efficient power-generating technologies to reduce emissions.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/turnbulls-grand-energy-gesture-20170315-guz4xs.html
    Why Jay Weatherill has gone to war with the Turnbull government.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2017/03/16/weatherill-federal-government/
    The reaction to the South Australian energy plan from the federal government and rightwing media shows just how out of touch with public opinion they are writes Jason Wilson of The Guardian. Well worth reading.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2017/mar/16/south-australia-shows-up-the-federal-government-and-rightwing-commentary
    Rob Burgess posits that the extraordinary public stoush between South Australian premier Jay Weatherill and federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg is not about the operation of free markets, but the failure of a highly contrived regulated market.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2017/03/16/weatherill-frydenberg/
    A pretty good contribution from Laura Tingle on our broken energy market. Google.
    /opinion/columnists/laura-tingle/malcolm-turnbull-needs-to-show-he-can-fix-broken-energy-market-20170316-guzmwh
    Andrew Street writes that nuclear energy is still a stupid option for Australia. He concludes with “If only the sun hadn’t been built by Karl Marx and was therefore ideologically untenable. Then we’d all be fine. ”
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/view-from-the-street/nuclear-energy-is-still-a-stupid-idea-for-australia-20170316-guzb68.html

  16. Section 2 . . .

    The AFR reckons the gas action plan will be of little use to manufacturers. Google.
    /business/energy/gas/gas-action-plan-of-little-use-to-manufacturers-20170315-guz4p6
    This union representative puts it to us that the recent decision on penalty rates is the thin edge of the wedge.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/first-they-came-for-the-retail-workers-and-i-did-not-speak-out–because-i-did-not-work-in-retail-20170316-gv00se.html
    James Massola comments on the big submission to the government from the BCA in which it wants to slash spending and still implement the full suite of company tax cuts.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/living-in-a-fools-paradise-business-sounds-the-alarm-on-federal-budget-20170316-guzgjf.html
    On the other hand the BCA calls for an emissions intensity scheme.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/mar/16/australias-peak-business-lobby-calls-for-emissions-intensity-scheme
    Greg Jericho puts forward seven options for improving housing affordability.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2017/mar/17/can-budget-2017-fix-housing-affordability-here-are-seven-options
    Is Trump scaring Europeans away from hard right nationalists?
    http://www.theage.com.au/world/dutch-election-could-trump-be-scaring-europe-away-from-nationalists-20170316-gv01lo.html
    The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate intelligence committee have rubbished Donald Trump’s incendiary claim that Barack Obama placed Trump Tower under surveillance. What a surprise!
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/16/wiretapping-trump-tower-senate-intelligence-committee
    Paul McGeough explains how Trump’s own words were used by the judge to put a stay on the latest travel ban attempt.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/world/illogic-trump-travel-ban-fundamentally-flawed-hawaii-judge-20170316-guziwm.html
    There are lots of stinging words in the Hawaiian judge’s comments in knocking down Trump’s latest travel ban.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/15/trump-travel-ban-hawaii-judge-ruling-extracts
    Trump will send a budget to the US Congress on Thursday that sharply reorders the nation’s priorities by spending billions of dollars on defending the Mexican border and bolstering the military while severely cutting funds for foreign aid, poverty programs and the environment. But many Republicans are not that keen to rush it.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/billions-for-wall-military-as-donald-trumps-budget-slashes-climate-change-housing-funds-20170316-guzs28.html

  17. Section 3 . . .

    Waleed Aly calls BS on the manufactured gas supply crisis.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/phoney-energy-crisis-merely-a-ploy-to-access-offlimits-gas-20170315-guz8pb.html
    One of the good guys from the Anglican church resigns, himself being a victim of the insidious machine.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/mar/16/newcastle-bishop-resigns-saying-he-was-threatened-after-revealing-abuse-by-clergy
    With each day the new Trump administration courts controversy on a new topic. Racist travel bans, alternative facts, and going ahead with a great big wall. With Cory Bernardi splitting and George Christensen hinting he may join Pauline Hanson, it begs the question – could we end up with a Trump-style administration here? No – not with our great asset of compulsory voting.
    https://newmatilda.com/2017/03/16/how-australias-most-under-appreciated-asset-protects-us-all-against-a-donald-trump-in-the-lodge/
    Vitamin company Blackmores has been publicly shamed on China’s annual Consumer Rights Day for violating the Chinese government’s strict “truth in advertising” laws. And fair enough too!
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/china/blackmores-marketing-material-slammed-in-china-on-consumers-rights-day-20170316-guzi7e.html
    Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters today that eliminating food for senior citizens via the Meals On Wheels program was the compassionate thing to do because if a program can’t demonstrate results, it should get cut.
    http://www.politicususa.com/2017/03/16/trump-white-house-claims-starving-elderly-compassionate-jaw-dropping-briefing.html
    Perhaps customers should demand this crazy couple’s honey saying the honey is owned by god.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/tasmanian-honeymakers-in-unholy-row-with-local-council-over-rates-20170315-guyrc4.html
    It looks like it’s all set for a Theresa May vs Nicola Sturgeon cage match.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/03/16/uk-prime-minister-rules-out-second-scottish-independence-referen_a_21897573/?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage
    Newly elected ACTU secretary Sally McManus was right to say we should break unjust laws and John Passant knows exactly which to start with.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/break-unjust-laws-and-cut-the-working-week,10116
    Oops! The disendorsed PHON candidates in WA won’t get a penny from the Electoral Commission.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/mar/17/disendorsed-one-nation-candidates-may-get-no-public-money-for-campaigns
    Another stuff-up by Myers, this time in the fashion field.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/retail/fashion-fail-wont-force-foolish-discounts-says-myer-boss-20170316-guzw0w.html

  18. Section 4 . . . with Cartoon Corner Part 1

    Dave Donovan sums up the WA election and its wash up
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/wa-rejects-phonies-as-ia-get-the-good-oil,10115
    McDonald’s may have become the latest company to end up in Donald Trump’s bad books after an abusive tweet was sent out from one of its official accounts. “A disgusting excuse for a President with little hands” was the tweet that went out.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/03/16/mcdonalds-twitter-goes-rogue-calls-trump-disgusting-excuse-of_a_21897708/?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage

    David Pope with a classic on “pumped storage” of energy policy.

    Mark Knight nicely sums up Turnbull’s hydro announcement.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/c548a6fbae3f72c7db9c4f0c7955a280?width=1024
    Cathy Wilcox on the prospect of more resumptions of property in Sydney.

    Andrew Dyson’s reliable gas supply.

  19. Section 5 . . . Cartoon Corner Part 2

    Lovely work from Alan Moir on wind power.

    David Pope with a different sort of energy crisis for Turnbull.

    Jon Kudelka wished the internet a happy Ides of March.

    David Rowe reprises the Flame Girls from times past.

    Ron Tandberg with another difficult presser for Josh and Malcolm.

  20. In my opinion, I think this so called government has made a very muddied mash of renewables. All their flip flops, grand schemes, putting shit on the States that are actually putting their schemes into place, makes them look like chooks running around without their heads.

    I woke up last night when “Issue of the day”was on the radio last night. It was about Sally MacManus. Only three of the callers disagreed with her statement, and the rest told their own tales of defying the law. Big win for Sally, and it also has got people aware of her and many of the issues that this government is failing in.

  21. Gladys seems to think this is a vote-winning move.

    Up to 70 NSW homes to be razed for tunnel
    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/nsw-govt-set-to-build-northern-tunnel/news-story/7abbc60caa7cdd1d0b58ff4aa46dd437

    More –
    Long-awaited northern beaches tunnel just ‘cynical pork barrelling’ say Mosman residents
    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/mosman-daily/mosman-reacts-with-cynicism-to-premier-gladys-berejiklians-longawaited-announcement-about-northern-beaches-tunnel/news-story/fcacc1bc82c4c33710addd572b3a5567

    Gladys is facing the loss of the North Shore electorate in the up-coming by-election because residents are hopping mad over forced council amalgamations and the chaos that will come with the soon to start construction of the Sydney Metro tunnel. She’s desperate. And also nuts if she thinks forced acquisitions of homes and the promise of years of construction and tunnelling will save her.

  22. There will be a memorial service for noted racist and bigot Bill Leak today at whichTurnbull will waffle on about his ‘good mate’.

    The dead being praised by the politically dead?

  23. In France this time:

    A 16-year-old student who had troubled relations with his peers opened fire at a high school in southern France on Thursday, wounding at least two other students and the principal who tried to intervene, officials said.

    Police moved into the Alexis de Tocqueville school in the town of Grasse — the country’s picturesque perfume capital — and quickly arrested the still-armed suspect, identified by the Interior Ministry spokesman as Killian Barbey.

    The government minister for victims’ affairs, Juliette Meadel, told BFM television there were 4 people shot —three students and the high school principal— and 10 other victims.

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/french-police-shots-fired-southern-high-school-46168449

  24. Fun with selfies and lice:

    It might seem like a sweet idea to touch heads with your bestie to capture that perfect selfie, but according to researchers, it’s also a great way to spread lice.
    According to Professor Hermann Feldmeier from Charite hospital’s Institute for Microbiology and Hygiene, children between the ages of eight and 11, as well as teenage girls, are increasingly getting head lice.

    And the reason for this has to do with a certain social media craze.

    “Girls like to put their heads together when they take selfies,” Feldmeier told health magazine Apotheken Umschau in its latest edition.

    Lice almost always take the opportunity to jump onto the next head when there is direct hair contact. So worrying about transferring lice in other ways is generally being overly cautious.

    https://www.thelocal.de/20170316/berlin-researcher-warns-selfies-can-lead-to-head-lice

  25. Interesting account of what really happened yesterday, proof Frydenberg will always lie and proof Wetherill did not ‘gatecrash’ the media event, even though the MSM are still telling us that lie.

    • AGL CEO Andy Vesey seeks driveway diplomacy after Weatherill, Frydenberg spat

      by Simon Evans

      AGL chief executive Andy Vesey runs a $17 billion energy company and is no shrinking violet.

      But even he was taken aback by the ferocity of the verbal jousting between two of Australia’s most senior politicians in a carport in a suburban house in the Adelaide suburb of West Beach, as South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg traded verbal blows over energy policy.

      “These are tough issues,” Mr Vesey told The Australian Financial Review in the driveway of home owner Geoff Perkins’ residence, after the heated arguments had finished between Mr Weatherill and Mr Frydenberg.

      “They need to keep talking,” Mr Vesey said.

      AGL was showcasing a “virtual power plant” which uses large Sunverge storage batteries installed in residential houses which collects energy from solar panels on the roof and then aggregates the power from up to 1000 houses through a high-tech smart software system. It went “live” on Thursday.

      Mr Perkins is an enthusiastic proponent of community-based solutions, and said he hadn’t opted for a super-duper version which would allow him to keep his lights on if the rest of the city suffered a power black-out.

      “My key driver was to be part of a community response,” Mr Perkins said.

      It was a convivial atmosphere early in the piece in Mr Perkins’ carport, just a stone’s throw from the ocean.

      South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and his Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis arrived, and Mr Perkins, a retired former IT director for an Adelaide school, himself held his own mini-press conference first up to explain his system, complete with a large storage battery attached to his carport wall.

      Mr Vesey, Mr Weatherill and Mr Koutsantonis then answered questions about broader issues, as AGL staff kept checking their watches and phones, waiting for Mr Frydenberg’s belated arrival.

      His Commonwealth car eventually pulled up and he and Mr Koutsantonis had a big bear-hug in front of the cameras. A portent of things to come came when the three men were seated next to each other on small white chairs.

      Mr Weatherill was on one side of Mr Frydenberg, with Mr Koutsantonis on the other. “Hashtag awkward,” Mr Koutsantonis quipped to journalists and photographers just prior to the official speeches, where each dignitary had their turn at the lectern.

      But then the fireworks began in a press conference afterwards, in the unusual carport setting.

      Mr Weatherill unleashed a tirade of criticism, with Mr Frydenberg standing at his left shoulder. “I have to say it is a little galling to be standing here next to a man who has been standing up with his prime minister bagging South Australia at every step of the way,” Mr Weatherill said.

      Mr Frydenberg didn’t hold back either. “I feel that the premier is trying to come into this to crash tackle us at this announcement where he hasn’t put any money into this important initiative, which the Commonwealth and AGL have, just shows you, unfortunately, how desperate he is,” Mr Frydenberg said. The federal government had injected $5 million into the $20 million virtual power plant program.

      They continued to trade verbal barbs. Mr Vesey, in the background just behind them, looked down occasionally and appeared increasingly uncomfortable.

      But then as that press conference was cut short, the two politicians went on with it separately, Mr Weatherill staying in the carport to serve up more of his forceful views, while Mr Frydenberg had another go on the nature strip in front of the house, declaring that Mr Weatherill’s conduct had been “unbecoming and childish”.

      Mr Frydenberg had earlier said he didn’t know that Mr Weatherill would be in attendance at the house. “But to be honest I didn’t even know Jay was going to be here,” he said. The original press conference alert more than 24 hours earlier had Mr Koutsantonis, Mr Frydenberg and Mr Vesey as the dignitaries attending.

      Earlier, Mr Vesey said AGL would be among the bidders for the 100MW storage battery which the South Australian government has as part of its $550 million energy plan fix, which includes a new $360 million fast-start gas-fired power station which will only be turned on when demand outstrips supply.

      “We’re talking to a number of providers,” he said. AGL has already offered a site to Elon Musk’s Tesla as part of the process.

      He also said that sometimes governments did need to become involved in energy markets.

      “This is a very complicated issue. Sometimes governments have to be involved,” he said.

      “Every power system on earth was designed or evolved with either government planning, government regulation or government investment”.

      Mr Perkins thinks the state will eventually arrive at the right solution and have a fully stable grid. “We’ll get there in the end,” he said. The quiet street just off busy Burbridge Road had had its moment in the sun.

  26. I just realised it’s St Patrick’s day today. My father never forgave me for being born 2 days later, if I had been born 2 days earlier my name would have been Patrick not ‘C’.

    Enjoy –

  27. More weather records busted here.

    After an extremely dry spring and summer, with rainfall less than one third of the average for December, January and February we have had a very wet week. All that missing rain fell in the last few days. most of it yesterday and we have now smashed the March rainfall record with two weeks of the month still left. I’m not complaining, the rain was desperately needed, but people living close to the river and some of the in-town creeks are getting a bit worried.

    Heaviest-ever March rainfall since local records have been kept,
    Total for this month, so far. 320.6mm. (Not including today)
    Previous record (2001) – 294.8mm.
    Long-term average for March – 167.1mm.

    We have also passed the average rainfall tally for the year until the end of March, thanks to yesterday’s downpour.

    It’s still pissing down and the forecast is for another week of this.

    • Or we could just run out of wind, because, you know, once it’s been used to turn a turbine it’s finished and can’t be used again, so the more turbines we build the sooner we run out of wind …….

    • To be honest if I had been there I would have snubbed both of them, but I’m not a politician who wants to be PM again.

Comments are closed.