The million dollar question no one could answer

Last week “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” was filmed in Melbourne and this was the Million-Dollar question:

Who is the Victorian Leader of the Opposition?

Well the contestant who had known everything else didn’t know so he asked the audience. And the audience didn’t know either.

So he phoned a friend. And his friend – a Professor of Politics at the University of Melbourne – also didn’t know?

So he chose the 50-50. And even then he got it wrong.

So I will tell you. From Wikipedia, since I didn’t know either.

The current Opposition Leader is Michael O’Brien of the Liberal Party. He was elected Liberal leader on 6 December 2018, replacing Matthew Guy who resigned after losing the 2018 Victorian state election.

Undoubtedly the only time you will see his name in print between now and the next election.

And why did this come to mind? Because of this article in The Oz today: Victoria’s dodgy power supply is likely to short-circuit everyone. Where, among other things, you may read:

In Victoria, however, too much bird slicing is barely enough.

To entice renewable investment, the Victorian government absorbs the risk, guaranteeing fixed-price contracts for up to 20 years. The size of the liability further governments will inherit has not been calculated.

When it comes to saving the planet, the Victorian RET is about as useful as gluing your hands to the tarmac. As an incentive for rent-seekers, on the other hand, it is working a treat.

The result is more windmills under construction than in the rest of the country put together. Another dozen or so projects are waiting for approval. It means that more than 1500 or so turbines could be fitfully turning in a few years, generating 6600MW on paper at least, larger than the state’s coal-generating capacity before the closure of Hazelwood.

Non-synchronous power of this kind is worse than useless in a crisis, however. It serves only to destabilise the grid.

Not to mention this from the Financial Review: Victoria’s energy plan is a ‘leap of faith’, whose first line:

Victoria’s aggressive wind and solar push will shut down coal power stations and could send electricity prices skyrocketing, EnergyAustralia has bluntly told the state Labor government.

 

Just because the place is named Victoria is no reason to drive us back to living standards last seen in Victorian times.

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30 Responses to The million dollar question no one could answer

  1. Rafe Champion

    What don’t they understand about the choke point when there is next to no wind?

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    One of the first wind farm projects in Victoria was vetoed by Canberra because of risk to the orange-bellied parrot. I recall at the time the greens were ululating ferociously in support of the parrot for months and months. These days they seem to have forgotten all about orange-bellied parrots, other parrots, eagles, bats, owls, seagulls and everything on the ground too. Except Bob Brown who rediscovered them all recently. Weird how this all works.

  3. Tom

    They don’t want to know, Rafe. Their ignorance about economics also lets them live in a debt-fuelled fantasyland where government spending and borrowing is disguising the fact that the real economy has been in recession for the past 2-3 years.

  4. pbw

    Here’s how to get your name in the news, and keep it there.

    Announce that, after due consideration, the Liberals have concluded that the ‘science’ of global warming is more and more discredited; that whatever the case, Victoria can make no difference; that it is certain that the rise in electricity prices is largely due to heavily subsidised renewables, and that the energy market must be relieved of the burden of those subsidies. If wind and solar can produce electricity more cheaply than coal and gas, it will be purchased, but not otherwise. If the price is the same, the energy market can select its sources from suppliers which will produce consistent and reliable energy.

    Furthermore, the attempt by the current government to lock in guarantees for unreliable and intermittent energy for the foreseeable future is an unacceptable burden on the future taxpayers of Victoria, especially in view of the warnings that such energy sources must result in greatly increased prices to consumers. It is therefore immoral, irrational and unconscionable.

    Hence, the Liberal party gives warning now to those who would take advantage of this immorality that a future Liberal government will pass legislation to nullify the contracts, without compensation. Carpetbaggers can then factor in the risk of a Liberal government being elected.

  5. Fred

    You’re a bit late to the party on the Victorian Liberals. Michael O’Brien is not the problem. He’s a symptom of the problem.

    Fred on 10th November 2014

    I really hope the Libs win so we can have an Almond Centre of Excellence. My local Lib candidate is also promising to build a pedestrian crossing and a new set of traffic lights. Henry Bolte has nothing on these visionaries.

    Fred on 20 November 2014:

    I’m not sure how you can say the Libs are a very competent government. We still have police obsessed with raising revenue for minor traffic offences, a Police Commissioner more concerned with sexism than reducing crime, road and rail transport that is getting more crowded every single day, and Dennis the buffoon promising to build an Almond Centre of Excellence.

  6. Wallace

    Stupidity is thy name, Victorian Labour.

  7. Pete of Perth

    WTF is the Almond Centre of Excellence. Is it like a MFP?

  8. The irony is that in my neck of the woods, all and sundry have been protesting every type of fossil fuel power option claiming that it kills the planet. Now that a whole bunch of massive windmills have been proposed for the area, the same all and sundry are now vehemently opposing the plan saying that it kills the planet. You couldn’t make this up.

  9. Lee

    Victoria’s aggressive wind and solar push will shut down coal power stations and could send electricity prices skyrocketing, EnergyAustralia has bluntly told the state Labor government.

    Will Daniel Andrews and his socialist government take any notice?

    Not a chance; they are almost as bad as the Greens.

  10. Ceres

    Bring on the rolling blackouts here in Victoria to wake up the voters to turf Andrews out next election. Lily the dopey energy Minister is a rusted on renewables cretin who spruiks the madness ad infinitum. And yes the Liberal leader is MIA, I bet 99% of voters couldn’t name him. In fact the Vic Libs are seldom heard from. Scomo needs to step in somehow to ensure we’re not in total penury down here.

  11. tombell

    Scomo needs to step in somehow to ensure we’re not in total penury down here.

    Sorry.Scomo’s part of the problem…

  12. Davefromweewaa

    Fantastic idea pbw!
    In the party of Michael Photios, it’ll never happen.

  13. Bazinga

    pbw +100

    Also the feds should withhold Victoria’s gst for the projected losses. If that doesn’t cause an exodus….

  14. Dr Fred Lenin

    Steve ,its woke logic ,if 1,ooo windmills cannot supply power when it is calm you build 10,000 , and if 10,000 solar panels dont produce power at night ,subsidise50,000 more ,its simple woke logic ,ask mizzzz merkel and harry battenberg .
    Thanks for telling us who o’brien is ,never eard of im ,quiet isnt he ,get him to take an Aldi bag ,he will be internationally famous .

  15. mem

    Will Daniel Andrews and his socialist government take any notice?

    Not a chance; they are almost as bad as the Greens.

    Andrews is totally in bed with the unions and is borrowing money at the rate of knots from the Chinese. The renewable energy push will end in tears because the “vision” is not matched by practicality or reality. It reminds of when the Pol Pot regime decided to build dams up in the hills so as to use the delta area for other more important pursuits than growing rice. Problem was by that stage they were not consulting engineers as they had all lost their jobs {and in most cases their lives) and unfortunately Cambodia learned the hard way that if you build dams in high ground then they won”t fill because water flows down. Millions died through the resulting famine. Andrews will push Victoria into a situation whereby there is no ongoing base load back up power. Not only will prices sky rocket but at some stage the whole grid will go down. Will it be reparable? Not immediately because there will be no coal mines and no hydro dams to back up. Are they idiots, misguided fools or corrupt swaggering post modern idiots? ForVictorians it is possibly the most dangerous and potentially catastrophic time in our history and for a once very prosperous and well grounded state we are being led to the precipice.

  16. Crossie

    Furthermore, the attempt by the current government to lock in guarantees for unreliable and intermittent energy for the foreseeable future is an unacceptable burden on the future taxpayers of Victoria, especially in view of the warnings that such energy sources must result in greatly increased prices to consumers. It is therefore immoral, irrational and unconscionable.

    Hence, the Liberal party gives warning now to those who would take advantage of this immorality that a future Liberal government will pass legislation to nullify the contracts, without compensation. Carpetbaggers can then factor in the risk of a Liberal government being elected.

    I agree, that’s how you get a lot of media attention. Threaten all the subsidies and renewable contracts, make the media lose their cool, get talked about on all the shows, the more negative the better. Become notorious and a household name then during an election campaign start sounding reasonable. That is, of course, unless you approve of everything Andrews is doing in which case lying low makes sense.

  17. Old Lefty

    Not a surprise that the Vic Libs are such no entities. There has always been an element of politics there being a dilettante hobby for Melbourne ‘society’ (the Dandy Nongs). But anyone who seriously sticks his/her (there is no third gender) head above the parapet faces not just the prospect of ostracism and of thuggery and intimidation from Melbourne’s leftist rentamobs, but now, post-Pell, the prospect of being banged up on trumped-up charges like somthiyout of Stalin’s Russia.

  18. Beachcomber

    ……….. post-Pell, the prospect of being banged up on trumped-up charges like somthiyout of Stalin’s Russia.

    The main reason Cardinal Pell had to be destroyed. This is Labor-Green’s Victoria.

  19. Rafe Champion

    Great find Mr Anderson, that deserves to be a post in its own right!

  20. Win

    Who is the leader of the Queensland liberals and the leader of the WA Liberals or the leaders of 5he National Party. No one votes for names they have never heard ,of a deliberate strategy of the media .On the other hand demonised Jo Bjelke Petersen is conjured up from the grave by the Courier Mail just before a state election is announced ever time since the Fitzgerald inquisition.

  21. Mark M

    ICYMI: abc iview, Close of Business –
    Broadcast 2:30am Sat 31 Aug 2019. Published 3 days ago, available until 2:30am on 30 Sep 2019.

    https://iview.abc.net.au/show/close-of-business

    Segment called ‘Green Loans’, begins @22.45 …

    @23.41: “Last week, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, investing $10 Billion dollars of tax payer money into ‘clean energy’ projects …”

    Q. How much more billions of dollars of Australian taxpayer money must be invested (wasted) before the CEFC prevents its first drought?

    BoM Rainfall deficiencies and water availability, issued Aug 7, 2019:
    http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/drought/

  22. Jonesy

    The Oz actually reported non synchronous?….there is still a hope!

  23. Penguinite

    “Non-synchronous power of this kind is worse than useless in a crisis, however. It serves only to destabilise the grid.” And the world. We just won’t realise what has happened when Marxism assumes full control!

  24. And yet, I’ll bet that less than 5% of Australians have a home genset or a fortnights worth of food and water at home.
    It isn’t hard or expensive.
    Several months ago I decided to try a little shopping experiment. Every time I went to the supermarket, I would buy two tins of whatever basic was on special. That’s eight tins a month. I now have a months worth of baked beans/spaghetti, tinned soup/sweet cor/chilli etc.
    The cost was averaged at $2 each (on specials only), so it wasn’t expensive.
    It’s not just our politicians who are continually surprised by changed circumstances.

  25. Ian of Brisbane

    Need to teach them coal is essential. Cut the Queensland inter connectors now!

  26. Bruce of Newcastle

    And yet, I’ll bet that less than 5% of Australians have a home genset or a fortnights worth of food and water at home.

    Getting there Winston. Gen set retailers have started advertising on the tele. And I was interested to drive past a huge warehouse-style retailer of generators last weekend on the way to a family do. There’s obviously plenty of sales to be had for this to be happening.

  27. The Sheriff

    Getting there Winston. Gen set retailers have started advertising on the tele. And I was interested to drive past a huge warehouse-style retailer of generators last weekend on the way to a family do. There’s obviously plenty of sales to be had for this to be happening.

    Which companies manufacture and sell generators? Time to buy shares IMO.

  28. Tator

    had an interesting discovery the other day, was researching whether wind power actually reduced or increased power costs and found plenty of research stating that the costs of power in Australia were being driven upwards by increased gas powered electricity prices. But what they didn’t say was the increase in gas powered prices was purely due to winds influence as mentioned in this research article that Jo Nova posted on.
    LINK

  29. Obio

    Anyone working in the power generation industry knows the situation is far worse than anyone is letting on

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