All posts by John Quiggin

the tide is turning on private ownership of electricity grids

the tide is turning on private ownership of electricity grids

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. The promise by the Andrews government to reintroduce public enterprise to Victoria’s electricity industry, through a revived State Electricity Commission, is something of a shock. The process of electricity privatisation in Australia began with Labor in Victoria, when…

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Labor has introduced its controversial climate bill to parliament. Here’s how to give it real teeth

Labor has introduced its controversial climate bill to parliament. Here's how to give it real teeth

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. Earlier today, the federal government introduced its hotly awaited climate change bill to parliament. Despite the attention and controversy it’s attracted, the proposed legislation – as it stands – would be almost entirely symbolic. Labor has updated Australia’s…

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Will a Labor majority stunt climate action? If the government wants a second term, more climate ambition is essential

Will a Labor majority stunt climate action? If the government wants a second term, more climate ambition is essential

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. Labor will form a majority government with a climate policy carefully calibrated to provide a clear point of distinction with the Coalition, while doing as little as possible to alienate any significant group of voters. While Labor’s emissions…

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The Greens’ liveable income guarantee is a serious idea the major parties won’t touch – yet

The Greens’ liveable income guarantee is a serious idea the major parties won’t touch – yet

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. The Australian Greens have lobbed a large rock into the placid pool of economic policy by announcing a proposal for a “Liveable Income Guarantee”. The policy would increase all income support payments – for those looking for work,…

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