Author Archives: Alan Moran

Courts refuse to protect Australian private property rights

Last week, the Federal Court confirmed that property rights in Australia are held at the whim of governments.  The Court was hearing an appeal in the Peter Spencer case. This is an issue I covered on several previous occasions, for … Continue reading

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Renewable subsidies and the destruction of Australian energy competitiveness

Yesterday I was the token rationalist speaker at the Australasian Agricultural and Resources Economics Society’s “The Future of Australian Energy Symposium”. Two other speakers were Tony Wood (from the ALP’s think tank Grattan Institute recently rewarded for the damage his … Continue reading

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Renewable energy subsidies: poison to a once efficient industry, calamitous for the economy

Stating the obvious to regular Cat readers, government action has destroyed Australia’s low cost energy supply industry.  It will add to the poisoning that its renewable subsidy policies have caused with further interventions designed to offset the damage of those … Continue reading

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Excessive house prices: land use regulation and not immigration is the solution

Tony Abbott must surely be the only possible route by which Australia can emulate the benefits that the US is now reaping from the election of President Trump. While being a more refined politician than The Donald but falling short … Continue reading

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US economy surging in spite of some economists’ despondency

Although the economic cycle points to a downturn in the US, growth and especially the stock market is surging.  A newborn confidence is evident and the tax reforms are augmenting investment and hence economic health. That growth in investment was already evident … Continue reading

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Government induced power crisis averted, for now

At 12 PM on 19 January the electricity market manager, AEMO, to its own and everybody’s great relief announced “VIC AND SA ENERGY SUPPLY REMAINS SECURE”. It had been a knife edged couple of days with hot weather bringing high … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy: the mad saga continues

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) lobbies hard for renewable subsidies and estimates global “clean energy” investment at $333 billion. This excludes hydro-electricity other than Politically Correct “small hydro”.  Some 85 per cent of expenditure is in wind or solar with … Continue reading

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Equal pay for all!!

Still reeling from its double standards on tolerating child rape by some males, lewd semi-forced sex by others and the odd bit of hanky panky by almost everyone, Hollywood is now embroiled in self-abasement  over the discrepancy in pay between men … Continue reading

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Snowy 2: the policy of despair

Snowy Mark 2 as a pump storage is designed to use cheap off peak power to pump water uphill to a reservoir so that it can be used at a later stage when electricity prices are high.  It does not … Continue reading

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Inventing benefits from regulations reducing farmers’ use of water

An article by the excellent rural reporter Sue Neales, examined the sales and purchases of irrigation water rights for agriculture in the Murray-Darling Basin (agriculture uses about 90 per cent of water collected in dams for industry and personal consumption). … Continue reading

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