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PM Morrison’s weasel words

Oh no! Morrison continues to deceive?

Scomo? Nope! ScoMoCommode seats better!

Chris Kenny blows the ref’s whistle on PM Morrison for his statements yesterday (listen to interview on front page) which seem to be be at odds with each other. This is either a deliberate move to avoid the obvious or he does not understand the matter of NEG. Either, however, is not good for the new boy who wants our confidence—not good enough Scotty—not even close!

You don’t want to mess with electricity; get your wires crossed and all sorts of unfortunate things can happen. You would have thought that after the shock of the latest leadership upheaval the Coalition would have known that much.

Source: News Corp

PM must dump NEG this week, then level with us on emissions

Yet there is a major contradiction in what Scott Morrison and Energy Minister Angus Taylor are trying to do on energy. It is a paradox — an internal inconsistency — and it will be obvious to voters. They will see mixed messages, there will be confusion about what the government is doing and the Coalition will miss the opportunity to create a sharp contrast on what could be the most important issue at the next election.

It all comes down to emissions reductions and how much it costs. Note what the Prime Minister said today on radio station 2GB about Labor’s plan to increase the renewable energy target from 23 per cent and the emissions ­reduction target from 26 per cent. “What I won’t do is I won’t have a 50 per cent renewable energy target, which is what Bill Shorten wants. What I won’t do is have a 45 per cent Paris emissions reductions target. You want to know what’ll affect electricity prices? Go with those. I won’t do that, there’s no way on earth I’ll do that. And that’s what Bill Shorten wants to do with your electricity prices.”

Who could argue with that? Higher renewable and emissions-reductions targets will put extra pressure on prices. All our experience tells us costs will increase dramatically. So the Prime Minister is spot-on with his message.

But now note what Morrison said, in the very same Alan Jones interview, about calls for the government to abandon its commitment to the Paris climate targets. “Well I’m not convinced changing it makes any difference one way or the other, Alan, that’s the bottom line. We met the first round of targets in a canter, and this next one is out to 2030. Now, that discussion isn’t going to change anybody’s electricity prices, and that’s what I’m focused on.”

This is the same issue, same tension between emissions reductions and prices, and a different answer. Yes, we have met our targets so far — but haven’t we all noticed what that has done to electricity prices and reliability? That is the point.

Morrison can’t argue that Labor’s increased targets will lead to more price hikes while he tells us there is no link between the current targets and costs. The statements can’t both be correct. This needs sorting before it causes all manner of strife. We all know only too well — and Malcolm Turnbull reminded us often — that reducing emissions comes at a cost. And the political risks are high too; Turnbull short-circuited his leadership of the Liberal Party twice in nine years by trying to do bipartisan emissions deals with Labor.

Yet the proposed legislation for his national energy guarantee — “A bill for an act to amend legislation relating to emissions of greenhouse gases, and for other purposes” — remains Coalition policy until Morrison makes the decision to drop it. He must do that this week.

If Morrison and his Energy Minister formally scrap that bill it will be an important break with the past. Yet, more importantly, they must clear up where they stand on emissions-reduction targets. If they cannot bring themselves to withdraw from Paris they must make it crystal clear that they will happily miss those targets rather than do anything to put additional pressure on power prices.

In energy policy something has to give between emissions reductions and prices — and the answer is a no-brainer.

Informed voters already know that global emissions are still rising substantially, so whatever we do will have no discernible impact on the environment. It is time someone levelled with them.

If the Coalition tries to be all things to all people it will end up standing for nothing.

{ 27 comments… add one }
  • Graham Richards 04/09/2018, 6:17 am

    Morrison will duck & dive blaming the energy mess on the retailers, the Gangreens, the ALP, the States.
    He will not dump the Paris Accord, the RET, the NEG. HE WILL NOT MOVE AGAINST THE STATES & their disgusting Safe Schools indoctrination (he can afford private schools).
    He will not win back the Liberal base. Time is running out.

    The Liberal Party will lose Wentworth .
    The Liberal Party will lose the next election.

    All because either or The Party or more likely both don’t have it in them, or don’t want to pull back to the centre political issues.

    RIP Liberal Party.

    IF, a big if, he moves according to the wishes of the base he may just save the whole party
    and us!

    • Bwana Neusi 04/09/2018, 1:48 pm

      Agree with most of that GR, but he is now being blackmailed with EU trade negotiations where exiting the Paris Fiasco will kill trade arrangements. In this case just he must bullshit the EU until we have real deals with the UK and the USA.

  • luk1955 04/09/2018, 6:48 am

    There have been huge reductions in Australia’s emissions due to the exit of manufacturing, and the replacement of older vehicles in our motor fleets with more modern less polluting vehicles. Any polluted air in our cities is there for only a few days before the winds take the “pollution” out to sea. And is mainly due to natural weather events. All this nonsense about pollution is by the greenies to remove our decisions to run our lives as we see fit, and by the government to help the large companies make even more profits, and to bankrupt the less that obscenely rich classes of people. We need a lot less hot air emissions coming from our politicians. Maybe the pollies would like to tell the truth for once, that this is all about bankrupting us.

    • Pensioner Pete 04/09/2018, 7:21 am

      luk: Looming on the horizon for Queensland. Refers: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/04/queensland-could-reap-24bn-renewables-boom-if-it-phases-out-coal-generators

      If this proceeds, indeed, we Queenslanders are doomed.

      • Bushkid 04/09/2018, 8:05 am

        FFS, if we “phase out” our coal generation her in Qld, we’d be left with 2 piddling little part-time hydro generators, a forest of rusting and dying windmills, decaying solar panels, and a lot of quiet factories, dark houses and spoiled food in supermarkets.

        Either that, or a whole lot of particulate (i.e. real, as opposed to non-existent “CO2”) pollution from all the diesel generators needed to keep things going.

        $24billion isn’t much use if you’ve got no business or industry, and everybody’s left because they can’t even afford to turn on the lights.

        Geez, spare us from these complete, destructive idiots!

      • Bushkid 04/09/2018, 8:17 am

        Actually, they’re not idiots, they know perfectly well they’re destroying the economy and the country. That they persist tells us all we need to know about them.

      • angry 04/09/2018, 9:36 am

        “thegurdian” is a scumbag leftist rag, just like “smh”, “abc”, “the age” etc……

        FULL OF S.IT.

  • Penelope 04/09/2018, 7:20 am

    We need to bombard these politicians, especially Scott Morrison and Angus Taylor, telling them that we won’t consider voting for them until they pull out of Paris, stop all subsidies to renewables NOW and …… get fracking, use our uranium for nuclear power
    The catch phrase shouldn’t be getting power prices down, it should be “ we will get back to having the cheapest power in the world”

  • Penelope 04/09/2018, 7:22 am

    Sorry, bombard them with emails and phone calls

    • Pensioner Pete 04/09/2018, 1:08 pm

      Pen: Actually, bombard as it was originally, seemed good to me.

    • Joe Blogs 04/09/2018, 2:09 pm

      Bombard their bombast.

  • angry 04/09/2018, 7:42 am

    The NEG IS A CARBON (dioxide) TAX.

    Unless Morrison abandons it and abolishes the RET completely then he and his cronies are finished !!


  • angry 04/09/2018, 7:46 am

    The word “emissions” must stop being used.
    It is being used to deceive the sheelple of Australia.
    What is being referred to as “emissions aka pollution” is actually carbon dioxide which is a trace gas essential for ALL LIFE on Earth.


  • Graham Richards 04/09/2018, 8:21 am

    If only bullshit was combustible!!
    We’d have an oversupply & could generate electricity for 1000 years, not to mention the bonanza in exports! We could power the whole globe as long as the pollies keep talking!

  • Lorraine 04/09/2018, 8:37 am

    SCOMO onwards over the cliff , same policies different driver. same old same old

    • angry 04/09/2018, 9:34 am

      Just a bloody LEFTIST TURNCOAT CLONE.


  • DT 04/09/2018, 8:46 am

    As my young Sydney builder contact tells me, people are fed up with politicians on both sides.

  • angry 04/09/2018, 9:40 am

    Thanks to these treasonous energy policies…………

    Modern Victoria — where 5,000 volunteer knitters help the poor stay warm

    Once upon a time we could afford heating.
    Volunteer knitters in high demand as soaring power prices leave people cold


    • Aktosplatz 04/09/2018, 3:25 pm

      That’s totally disgusting, Angry.

      When I look at those Liberals whose links with are with Carbon Trading banks, we are looking at a Corrupt Government.

      Labor are with the Unions, Liberals are with Emissions Trading.

      Bastards – all of them.

  • angry 04/09/2018, 9:55 am

    Some bad news and some good news from the new energy minister Angus Taylor interviewed on 2GB today. Bad news is the renewables subsidies will take years to go away. IMHO they should be gone much sooner. Good news is that any power company who doesn’t keep their existing coal fired power stations open for the forseable future the government will force them to “diversify” the power stations, which I presume means they will be forced to be sold to another company who will keep them open.

    The result is power prices might fall but they can’t fall a lot since the renewables subsidies paid by consumers through their power bills will remain for some years to come. This is not good enough and in fact is a contradiction to their promise to reduce power prices significantly to avoid businesses closing down as power prices are now unsustainable, which Taylor himself admits. Another contradiction is the reaffirmation to stick to the renewable target set by Paris yet saying it will not have any impact on power prices while at the same time criticising ALP’s policy to increase the renewables target. If meeting our commitment to the Paris target will not impact power prices then how can meeting another target set by ALP be any different? That is all typical doublespeak by LNP. Taylor then affirmed we are silly not building even one new coal fired power station while hundreds are being built all over the world. How can a company here build one if the renewables are subsidised to the tune of billions of dollars? Taylor made the comment there may need to be “incentives” committed to new coal fired power stations. This is a messy situation. Time will tell if they can reduce power prices enough to convince voters the LNP is worth their support, and Taylor himself stated they will be judged on their record.

  • Aktosplatz 04/09/2018, 10:24 am

    Listening to Alan Jones debating Angus Taylor was painful.

    Alan wanted a commitment to leave the Paris Agreement.

    Angus Taylor refused to mention Paris but insisted electricity prices will be brought down.

    So we are still bound to curbing CO2 emissions and at the same time driving prices down.

    Perhaps they mean to keep Paris but lip service only. Whatever, the uncertainty about the Liberals is as strong as ever and frankly they are heading for a massive electoral defeat.

    People are not that stupid,

    • Graham Richards 04/09/2018, 10:59 am

      If they keep the Accord, the “lip service” will go out the window at the first opportunity. Put it way out of temptations way & shred it. If ALP win the next election & that bloody Accord is still around they’ll simply dust it off & the crap starts all over again.
      We don’t have to vote Liberal/Coalition. If Labor are elected they’ll simply do what the current mob are trying to hold onto. So nothing’s changed!
      As for Minister Taylor, he simply waffles when confronted with a confronting question…..” I’m only here to reduce prices. Not quite sure how but I’m not saying anything more in case I get thrown under the bus!”

  • flav1945 04/09/2018, 12:51 pm

    If you all don’t vote LNP next time then YOU’RE bloody well responsible for the energy
    chaos that we will all suffer under a Labor/Greens government.

    • angry 04/09/2018, 1:45 pm

      which will continue under Morrison unfortunately…………

    • Aktosplatz 04/09/2018, 3:29 pm

      Thinking wisely here.. vote Shorten = RET up to 50% because of the Paris Agreement. Vote Liberal = RET up to 40% due to Paris Agreement.

      Wow! What an offer!

      Here’s another scenario..vote Shorten and all of the above plus the mass sacking of those traitorous wet liberals while in Opposition, leaving a few faithful conservatives ( and yes they will be)

      The Liberals need to go into Opposition to come to their senses.

    • DT 04/09/2018, 3:39 pm

      Remind us, what did the Turnbull Government do about increasingly rising electricity pricing and RET licence to print money for wind and solar energy businesses?

      I can report that the Abbott Liberal-National Coalition Government stopped Labor’s Carbon Tax and managed to get the Labor RET lowered a little, but the Senate would not cooperate any more than that small concession. Mansion claimed to have the wit and negotiating skills to deal with the Senate didn’t he.

      But then, family investments in Infrigen Energy via Keshik Capital Singapore and other investments are in play.

      So far, and I am watching and waiting for a sign that ScoMo will save us, it’s Turnbull Government business as usual. Ministry of energy and environment split which resembles the old thimble and pea trick. Divide and conquer and fool the voters if they can.

      Meanwhile UN agendas continue to be implemented here, Paris Treaty untouched despite the electricity pricing damage via carbon dioxide cuts targeted and so called renewable energy push to achieve that ridiculous target now signed up and ratified that the NEG was written with the Treaty entered into Australian Law. UN treaties are only enforceable if the government of the day accepts it.

      Please refrain from lecturing us, we are not the average apathetic voters who behave like sheep.

      And we are not Union Labor Green supporters. Unfortunately our trusted side has been hijacked. And we are not needed, remember?

    • Bushkid 04/09/2018, 8:33 pm

      Think carefully yourself before lecturing me, flav.

      Voting for the fed coalition is only more of the same, just a tad less than the ALP will inflict upon us. They’re still just as keen on all the UN/IPCC/CAGW bull dust as under Turnbull, and no less so than the ALP.
      Voting for ALP, well we already know how bad that will be, and in so many more ways than the coalition (if it survives an election). Remember Gillards desire to gag the media for starters? They’ll want to do that too.

      By voting first preferences for sound independents, ACA, FS&F, PHON, and any other genuine conservatives that come up, and then directing preferences with greens, ALP, and any of their allies right at the bottom, we can send a decent signal to the Libs in particular that they stink, just not quite as much as the greens/ALP grubs. The Senate is where we should be able to have more influence, so have a check rein.

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