Author Archives: Guest Author

Cross Post: Simon Breheny – Shifting the goal posts on plain packaging

Earlier this year, I made a submission to the Department of Health’s post-implementation review of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011. Ostensibly, the objective of the review is to determine the extent to which the regime has met its stated objectives. Unfortunately, the review seeks … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Peter O’Brien – Passing the hat around for Gaia

The UN is calling for national leaders to sign up to a global agreement on reduction in human CO2 emissions that will “limit global warming to 2C degrees above the pre-industrial level”.  This agreement is to be signed in Paris … Continue reading

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A message from Tim Andrews on Academic Freedom

Last week, cowed by a shrill vocal minority of far-left radical environmental activists, the University of Western Australia cancelled its contract with internationationally renown academic Bjørn Lomborg to establish a leading research centre to apply cost-benefit analysis to development projects . For daring to … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Peter O’Brien – Global Warming – A Parody

A new study, released last week, casts doubt on the importance of CO2 as a driver of global warming. Two researchers at the University of Inner Western Sydney have uncovered a link between the playing of cricket and prolonged periods … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Peter Lang – New Study: ‘CO2 Emissions Savings from Wind Power in the National Electricity Market (NEM)’

We now have an estimate of wind turbines’ effectiveness at reducing CO2 emissions in the Australian National Electricity Market (NEM), i.e. 78% effective in 2014.  This is significant because it means the actual CO2 abatement cost of turbines is significantly … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Guest – The door to door rent-seeker

It will cost jobs.  It will hurt the poor.  It’s bad for consumers.  It’s not fair.  Be wary when you hear these cries because they usually come from those who want to take your money or your freedom of choice. … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Pyrmonter – On freedom of contract

Some on the Cat view politics in terms of “Left” and “Right”; some in terms of class (“Makers” and “Leaners”); some in terms of political partisanship (Liberal Right v’s LDP v’s other liberals v’s Greenfilth etc); some as matters of … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Peter Lang – Wind turbines are less effective and CO2 abatement cost is higher than commonly assumed

Wind turbines are significantly less effective at reducing CO2 emissions than commonly assumed.  This means the CO2 abatement cost (i.e. the cost per tonne CO2 avoided by wind turbines) is higher than commonly recognised.  It is likely that the CO2 … Continue reading

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Guest Post: MuddyPuppy – The lead up to Gallipoli

As early as the 19th of December, 1906, the possibility of the Turkish Dardanelles being a target in the event of war was being treated with caution, particularly in regards to a purely naval expedition without the aid of substantial … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Ian Plimer – The environmental impact of Creation

In the beginning God floated the idea of creating Heaven and Earth. He was immediately served with an injunction by Greenpeace to prevent any creative activity whatsoever as He had not undertaken an environmental impact study and had no permit … Continue reading

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