Polling conducted by Research Now for The Australia Institute reveals continued popularity of renewable energy
Climate & Energy Program
‘5-minute rule’ identified as key to immediate and responsible fix for peak-load issues.
The Australia Institute has today published an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for three market reforms to address the ‘energy trilemma’: security, cost and emissions.
The letter appears as a full-page advertisement in the Australian Financial Review.
This was first published in EcoGeneration online on 8 March 2017 and in the print edition.
The common view of invention is that it is unexpected. The people who do it are extraordinary individuals. There are risk takers but also naturally creative geniuses. Ancient Archimedes came up with his theory of buoyancy by his spontaneous revelation, a “eureka moment” in a bath.
This was first published in EcoGeneration online on 20 Jan 2017 and in the print edition.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull put innovation on the national agenda when he defeated PM Tony Abbott in the leadership spill, in September 2015. Turnbull said “We have to recognise that the disruption that we see driven by technology, the volatility in change is our friend if we are agile and smart enough to take advantage of it.“
Are there any economic rationalists left in the Australian business community? Where are the fiscal conservatives when you need them?
[This article was first published in the Australian Financial Review - here]
Hard headed budget hawks are missing in action when it comes to our governments giving a $1 billion subsidy to help build the world's largest coal mine.
ReachTEL polling for The Australia Institute of Dickson, the seat held by Peter Dutton, has shown strong support for Labor’s renewable energy target and opposition to government backing of the Adani coal mine.
Polling of the marginal Queensland electorate showed very strong opposition to subsidies going to the Adani Carmichael mine project. [FULL RESULTS IN ATTACHEMENT BELOW]
Question: Do you support or oppose taxpayer subsidies going towards the Adani Carmichael mine project in northern Queensland?
The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has released a new advertising campaign titled ‘Making the future possible’. The campaign involves two videos and a website promoting mining’s role in the Australian economy and the benefits of new coal-fired electricity generators. However, some claims are incorrect and many are misleading, being presented without context and conflating coal with the wider mining industry.
As the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) considers a $1 billion concessional loan to foreign coal company Adani, a new report from The Australia Institute raises major concerns about the NAIF’s political independence, governance, resourcing and public transparency.
Despite widespread coverage, little is known about the NAIF or the $1bn NAIF loan proposal for Adani’s coal rail. Lacking robust governance policies, including some required by its legislation, and poorly resourced, NAIF should reject the immense political pressure to fast-track the loan.
The Australia Institute also lodged FOI requests with the NAIF. The FOI briefing note is here.
New polling of Dawson, the seat held by George Christensen, conducted by ReachTEL, commissioned by The Australia Institute, shows support for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party at level pegging with the LNP at 30% of the primary vote.
Issue-based questions in the same poll revealed strong support in Dawson for an increase to the renewable energy target and strong opposition to a company tax cut for big banks.
ReachTEL conducted the survey of 863 residents across the federal electorate of Dawson during the evening of 20th February 2017.
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