Dr Jeremy Webb carries out post-doctoral research at the School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology. He is a former President of the Queensland Branch of the Australian Institute for International Affairs (2001-2004). From 1977 to 2002 he served as an officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with posting in Indonesia, New Zealand, South Korea and France. In a previous career, he worked as a journalist for The Australian, The Bulletin magazine and as assistant Editor of Rydges Business Journal.
In promoting gas, the government is rejecting our IPCC commitments to achieve carbon neutrality and inviting others to follow suit. It is looney and dangerous stuff. Continue reading »
There was a longstanding view nurtured in the 60s and 70s that Western liberalism would inevitably take hold and reform our regional totalitarian states as prosperity rose and the capitalist system encouraged greater individualism. This hasn’t happened. Continue reading »
Those of us who have at least an elementary grasp of economics would have been astonished at the reasoning of Trade Minister Dan Tehan during his ABC interview last week on The EU’s proposed carbon levy on imports (the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). Continue reading »
Scott Morrison’s rationale for using the market to keep power costs as low as possible should make him a devotee of renewable energy. Meanwhile, the Nationals denialism is so absurd that it is pushing for a coal-fired power plant whose electricity would cost eight times that from a renewable plant. Continue reading »