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Understanding the ideological divide of climate change

Published in the Australian Financial Review on 14 February, 2020. Australian politics is deeply fractured on climate change, the defining environmental issue of our age. We are more divided on this now than a decade ago, and much more divided than when the issue first emerged 30 years ago. Central to this is energy policy

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Dodging another System Black bullet

On Friday January 31, 2020, the National Electricity Market narrowly avoided another System Black – the complete shutdown of a state due to catastrophic failure of the system. The last System Black shut down the entire grid across South Australia on September 28, 2016. This time, as then, the triggering cause was high winds bringing

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One small step for the grid…

Published in The Australian Financial Review on January 31, 2020. On Friday the National Electricity Market made an important shift in strategic direction from which it may never return. It left the orbit of a market based system towards one which is centrally planned. Not with a bang but a whimper. The event seemed innocent

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Climate policy is all about investment

As published in the Australian Financial Review on 17 January, 2020. As the Morrison Government starts to clean up the damage caused by this summer’s catastrophic bushfires, can it use this political near-death experience to re-set the way we manage climate change. Only seven months ago the Coalition won the 2019 election with a deliberately

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Why climate heat is maxing out the power system

Published in the Australian Financial Review, January 3, 2020 It’s been a brute of a summer, and we’re only a third of the way through. Record high temperatures and dry conditions have fuelled bushfires across the continent. The scale of the carnage has dominated public discourse. Summer heat waves also test the limits of the

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Europe’s Green Deal is 21st century protectionism

Published in the Australian Financial Review, December 19, 2019 For the past week the headlines have been dominated by bushfires and Brexit, blackouts and Boris. Another heatwave, another disappointing UN climate talks. It’s easy to have missed the red warning light that started blinking last week in the control room at the Department of Foreign

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