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BludgerTrack: 53.3-46.7 to Labor

The BludgerTrack poll aggregate continues to record incremental movement to Labor on two-party preferred, and One Nation on the primary vote.

The return of Newspoll, along with the usual weekly result from Essential Research, has docked both major parties slightly on the primary vote, with One Nation continuing to go onward and upward. The difference on two-party preferred is slightly in favour of Labor, who also pick up one in Queensland on the seat projection. Leadership ratings from Newspoll send both leaders downward on net satisfaction, with no change on preferred prime minister.

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Norwester
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I blame Murdoch for having contributed out of all proportion to the current shite governments in AU, UK and USA. Not only that but for the shit propaganda his organs cynically spread to the masses. I hate that bastard and will rejoice at his demise.

Sorry just needed to get that off my chest.

Barney in Go Dau
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c@t,
Having just watched Q&A your reaction to Lambie is completely normal and rational. ๐Ÿ™‚

Norwester
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As we speak there are several investigations into the Trump, Flynn, Russia ties.
My guess is that the spook detectives have already found several fruitful lines of inquiry and will be well ahead of what has been publicly leaked.

I doubt that Trump will depart through a technical or legalistic impeachable offence. I think that if /when it happens it’ll be such an OMG thing that no one will seriously try to defend it.

Russia is the obvious one where the relationships with Trump and his people looks real suss, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t one or two other countries where he is beholden as well. I’m guessing at least one ME mob.

Roger Miller
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confessions
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No surprises Flynn fell on his sword today. It’s been predicted, but in any case, how embarassment for Trump. Not even a month and this.

paaptsef
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“concentrated solar towers can be built & operated at an economically-viable cost?”

Sundrop farms seem to think so. They are actually running their night operations growing stuff right now using stored heat from their solar tower how crazy is that

Libertarian Unionist
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Thanks Matt.

Do you think that concentrated solar towers can be built & operated at an economically-viable cost?

Depends what we pay them for. If it just their energy, then no, or at least not yet, unless they get some funding support from ARENA and financing from CEFC. However costs are dropping rapidly, but additional engineering challenges are being thrown up, like dust on the heliostats.

If they also receive some sort of payment for the inertia their turbines provide then maybe; and if the SA govt wanted to pay them for providing (close to) always-on capacity, then a stronger maybe ๐Ÿ˜‰

Matt
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LU – Very informative post about energy policy and the pros and cons of each kind of generation in different contexts. Do you think that concentrated solar towers can be built & operated at an economically-viable cost?

Barney in Go Dau
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c@tmomma @ #1026 Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 10:19 pm

BiS,
I think I get you. So how do you think Jacqui Lambie should make me feel?

As I said, Iโ€™m not a Psychologist and I’m not you, but there could be a split personality there, although I’m not sure if it’s you or Lambie. Probably Lambie and your reaction is just a perfectly normal reaction to her inconsistencies. ๐Ÿ™‚

confessions
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Again with the snark. No wonder I donโ€™t take your comments towards me seriously, you just wonโ€™t quit it.

Psyclaw is a serious troll like bemused, in fact cut from the same humourless and abusive cloth.

Best bet is to ignore. There are way more intelligent and insightful PBers than those two.

Douglas and Milko
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Poroti
๐Ÿ™‚

poroti
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Peter Piper

And for those who take things littorally ๐Ÿ™‚
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD0tXdSsnBA

Libertarian Unionist
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Will you marry me?

I’ll just run that one past Mrs U…

Iโ€™m sure you will be following the rejigging of the PRRT by Morrison and Turnbull with great interest then.

Nah, got something better to do. I’ll try to fill you all in tomorrow.

paaptsef
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Lateline-fark- not even Cormann knows how to spin the LiberalHansonNationalsGreens situation

C@tmomma
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LU,
I’m sure you will be following the rejigging of the PRRT by Morrison and Turnbull with great interest then. ๐Ÿ™‚

Player One
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libertarian unionist @ #1031 Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 10:56 pm

If the goal is to reduce electricity costs, the quickest and most effective way to do it is to implement a domestic gas reservation scheme. It could be implemented tomorrow.
If the goal is to shut down coal-fired generation, the quickest way to do it is to build gas to replace the coal. We could start building tomorrow.
If the goal is zero stationary energy carbon emissions (and it is my goal), then we need to think hard about how that is done, because it requires a mix of new technologies โ€“ some of them proven, but not in combination at a system-wide level. In addition to more renewable energy supply, we will also need more networks, more storage, more demand response. However, the questions of โ€œhow muchโ€ and โ€œwhereโ€ are the ones that need answering, and this can only be done with some serious system modelling tools that take into account the real technical limitations of our existing grid.
So, I reckon Finkel will start be calling for a gas reservation policy, to support a policy of a gas-fired bridge to a renewables-heavy future, at an acceptable cost. Make your own prediction about the timelines, but I foresee 2-3 large concentrated solar thermal plants in SA and either NSW or QLD under construction by the end of the decade. Investors just need some certainty (And where are Aus Industry Super Funds on this? Throw some capital at a CST plant you mupppets!)
The gas lobby will go ballistic about it. Fuck em. They think their industry should thrive while all others go to hell? Fuck em. They will make bold statements about sovereign risk and how it will cripple investment (in gas) and cut into national income. Fuck. Them. They donโ€™t pay their way now, and will try everything to avoid it in the future.

Will you marry me?

Libertarian Unionist
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If the goal is to reduce electricity costs, the quickest and most effective way to do it is to implement a domestic gas reservation scheme. It could be implemented tomorrow.

If the goal is to shut down coal-fired generation, the quickest way to do it is to build gas to replace the coal. We could start building tomorrow.

If the goal is zero stationary energy carbon emissions (and it is my goal), then we need to think hard about how that is done, because it requires a mix of new technologies – some of them proven, but not in combination at a system-wide level. In addition to more renewable energy supply, we will also need more networks, more storage, more demand response. However, the questions of “how much” and “where” are the ones that need answering, and this can only be done with some serious system modelling tools that take into account the real technical limitations of our existing grid.

So, I reckon Finkel will start be calling for a gas reservation policy, to support a policy of a gas-fired bridge to a renewables-heavy future, at an acceptable cost. Make your own prediction about the timelines, but I foresee 2-3 large concentrated solar thermal plants in SA and either NSW or QLD under construction by the end of the decade. Investors just need some certainty (And where are Aus Industry Super Funds on this? Throw some capital at a CST plant you mupppets!)

The gas lobby will go ballistic about it. Fuck em. They think their industry should thrive while all others go to hell? Fuck em. They will make bold statements about sovereign risk and how it will cripple investment (in gas) and cut into national income. Fuck. Them. They don’t pay their way now, and will try everything to avoid it in the future.

C@tmomma
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Psyclaw,
Again with the snark. No wonder I don’t take your comments towards me seriously, you just won’t quit it.

Now, for your information, may I introduce you to another definition of ‘Bipolar’. That is, wildly swinging between the two poles. That is the sense in which I meant what I said. Maybe I could have said, ‘Jacquie Lambie makes me feel as if I’m being dragged from pillar to post!’ I didn’t because it would have taken longer. That you would personalise and misinterpret what I chose to say is not my fault.

You have my sympathy if you have suffered from Bipolar Disorder. However, it is not of so great an import on this blog that I have to kowtow to you because I use another interpretation, commonly understood, of the word ‘bipolar’.

So if you fail to comprehend that, and come back with more playground snark by way of a response, well, I don’t really feel the need to respond to that as it will be self-explanatory that you don’t want to concede the point.

DB Cooper
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Just a little something for people who take everything literally:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI0RiqK3XJc&list=PLCUU_CqJ7bO49TrxEBllhUBNo1HOjHLsz

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