Reaching for high fruit in domestic solar generation

by Crispin Hull on July 23, 2016

IN THE summer of my Year 10, 11 and 12, I worked cherry-picking during the two frenetic weeks when the fruit ripened in the Beechworth orchards. It was low-paid, hard work and the horticulture was not well-advanced. The trees were allowed to grow too high. [click to continue…]


Right-wing Libs lose biggest chunk of seats

by Crispin Hull on July 16, 2016

THE major losses by the Coalition this election have had people thinking that Malcolm Turnbull’s authority in his own party and in the country at large is weakened. Well, with some good decision-making, based on the evidence, it need not be. [click to continue…]


Lessons from a hung Parliament

by Crispin Hull on July 9, 2016

I WOULD like to draw to Senator Nick Xenophon’s attention to the 1892 English Court of Appeal case Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Company. The company had advertised a 100 pound reward for anyone who took its carbolic smoke ball as instructed and subsequently contracted the flu. [click to continue…]


Why a hung Parliament would be good for us

by Crispin Hull on July 2, 2016

THE following is why I hope there is a hung Parliament. And perhaps it is why there may well be one. On each of the following policies or issues (in no particular order) one or both the parties have a position that significant majorities oppose. [click to continue…]


The negative sides on poor policy on gearing

by Crispin Hull on June 27, 2016

LABOR has clarified its policy on negative gearing after claims by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that it would stultify the start up of new businesses. [click to continue…]

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Turnbull’s seat by no means completely safe

by Crispin Hull on June 25, 2016

BE SURPRISED but not totally gob-smacked if Malcolm Turnbull loses his seat of Wentworth at next Saturday’s election – even if the Coalition wins. Look at this way. One of the main reasons for the dramatic fall-off in Coalition support since the heady days of its huge winning margin shortly after Turnbull assumed the prime ministership has been the large disappointment in Turnbull himself. [click to continue…]

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Anglophone experience says use power well or lose it

by Crispin Hull on June 18, 2016

US political scientist Francis Fukuyama wonders why it didn’t happen a whole lot sooner. He was referring to the rise of the protest candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Fukuyama argues that the people who support these two are disaffected with mainstream politics. Trump supporters, who are mainly white, middle-aged, male and less well-off, are disaffected by what they see as a political elite that has sold out American jobs with free trade agreements. [click to continue…]

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LEADERS and former leaders of major parties have been attacking the minor parties and independents almost as forcefully as each other this election, especially in the past week. The Coalition has been especially vociferous against Nick Xenophon’s party. [click to continue…]


Without action, solar disarray looms

by Crispin Hull on June 8, 2016

WITHOUT action, Australia could be heading for solar disarray. Each state and territory has a different solar-power regime. The mainly state-owned monopoly owners of the poles and wires are not especially interested in the environment or efficiency unless it sounds in extra cash. And the limited competition among suppliers is made more difficult for consumers to exploit because charging regimes all differ. [click to continue…]


If only the NBN were the Snowy Mountains Scheme

by Crispin Hull on May 28, 2016

A LOT of the NBN issue has probably gone right over the heads of most voters in the past week. The timing of the AFP raids on two Labor Party locations last week was perfect for the Coalition. The simple popular view is that if you are raided by the Australian Federal Police you must have done something wrong. [click to continue…]