…a glaring example of the gap between words and intentions, on one hand, and actions and inactions, on the other, has emerged in recent weeks: the maintenance of Australia’s maritime navigation aids.
The dangerous sonar pulsing by a Chinese naval vessel close to HMAS Toowoomba exercising (pictured) in international waters off Japan that injured some Navy divers this month tells us quite a bit about both Australia and China.
The baby boomers “have cajoled and electorally frightened governments into polices that benefit them – from free university; cheap land; and subsidised mortgages in the 1970s; to superannuation concessions in the 1990s; investment concessions thereafter; and all the while generous senior’s cards giving car rego, utilities and rates concessions to the well-heeled….”
Crispin Hull takes a look at the reasons behind the steady rise of consumer abusiveness…
Crispin Hull shares today’s opinion piece on the proposal to take electricity from Snowy Hydro 2.0 via good old fashioned overhead power lines….”Overhead power lines are ugly, dangerous and costly. Yet here we go again….”
Crispin Hull shares today’s opinion piece on the recent High Court decision on the Victorian imposition of electric vehicle tax….
In today’s Opinion piece, Crispin Hull criticises corporations for prioritising shareholder value at the expense of consumers, citing instances of unfair practices like changing terms without notice and imposing high late payment fees. He advocates for a stronger regulatory body, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), to address individual complaints and enforce tougher regulations, higher fines, and the breakup of monopolies. This, he argues, would hold corporations accountable for their actions and curb their exploitative practices…
” I and many other Yes voters thought, very naively, that Australians were better than that: that we would not fall for the sort of misinformation and conspiracy theories that delivered the tragic Brexit and Trump results in Britain and the US. Silly me.”
“The war in Ukraine is doing an immense amount of good on the deterrence front. Ukrainian determination and technological genius have created an asymmetrical war machine that upturns the myth that numbers and overall economic strength will always win the day.”