Maybe Malcolm was in the sun too long

In this years budget, the government introduced a means test for the solar panel rebate scheme, where the $8000 rebate was limited to a $100,000 means test.

Turnbull at the time went into a sunspot-like meltdown, and in a speech at the National Press Club on the 21st May he said:

By imposing a $100,000 means test, Labor has ensured the vast majority of people who can afford to buy solar panels are deprived of the subsidy. Needless to say, demand has collapsed and the Australian solar industry fears it will collapse as well.

Note how he says it has collapsed? I know I was not taught grammar at school (and maybe we need to have a thread about that too), but isn’t the word “has” in past tense?

But was there a collapse? A story in the SMH today says:

High demand has meant that approval for rebates takes two months as bureaucrats in the Environment Department find themselves swamped by applications.

This is the problem that Malcolm is going to have. He makes these grandiose statements, and goes on about how no one listens to him – but in reality, is seems that he just likes to be in the media. And they say that Rudd is a media tart?

The same article actually goes on to say that the solar industry actually wants to scrap the rebate and wants the government to introduce a feed-in tariff scheme where “people receive for the electricity generated by their solar panels”.

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22 Responses

  1. And Malcolm’s latest bout of nonsense was stating Rudd is attempting to paint himself as a wartime leader fighting a battle on the economic meltdown.

    Swan’s reply to that nonsense was classic bring an ego back down to earth.

  2. I get the impression that Malcolm has far more important things to worry about at the moment than politics that is, his investment portfolio. Mal’s brain certainly isn’t focused. No doubt due to his substantial recent losses.

  3. Min,

    I just can not bring myself to deal with this person.

    For all the crap that people here put on Nelson, at least he cared enough to leave me an open avenue.

  4. Really scaper? that is not good. I suppose that is because he cannot claim it as his own idea.

  5. If I was earning $100,00 a year or more (wish!) I would have no hesitation in investing in solar power. Cripes, the last energy bill was over $1000.00. Most of it on r/c heating. I’m amazed at the bleating of Turnbull, nothing seems to get that square peg in the round hole for him.

  6. joni,

    They all know about GSC…it is a matter of going public.

    GSC has grown since the day I released it at Tim’s and George’s sites…one thing that I expected was HOW I was going to bring this about coming into question.

    At this point Infrastructure Australia will be concentrating on the neglect over the last two decades and that is to be applauded.

    If Turnbull or Albanese try to claim anything that I have put forward as their own, then watch the media expose them.

  7. Some of us in Queensland are just waiting for our 1Kw solar power system for $185 – having paid three months ago and contacted ecoKinetics (the supplier) – I just keep hoping and hoping and, oh, hoping…

  8. ACNielsen 56:44, which corrects their last rogue poll.

    PPM – Rudd: 64 Turnbull: 26
    Approval – Rudd: 71 Turnbull: 55

    That 55 approval rating for Turnbull is most likely too high as it came on the back of his takeover of the Liberal leadership. The next poll on this should be more interesting and probably bring him down a few notches.

    Malcolm really must change the pointless attacks his opposition have been launching against Rudd, they are not working. Worse, what the opposition are trying to paint as negatives against Rudd the people are seeing as positives, like his overseas trips as a recent Herald-Sun overwhelmingly showed.

    Plus Turnbull has to get his and his party’s message right, it changes from week to week. For example Abbott is now having a go at Rudd increasing the pension by $30 as it hurts the surplus, yet it has been the opposition who have ceaselessly demanded an $30 increase in the pension.

    The oppositions tactics from the day they took up the opposite side of the bench is to conduct scatter gun attacks against anything and everything the government and/or Rudd does in the vague hope one or two pellets might hit something and cause an annoyance. There is no coherence or lucidity to the opposition and I thought this might be one thing Malcolm would fix, but as is being pointed out in other commentaries it appears Malcolm is not really that good a leader.

  9. The government seems incredibly popular at the moment, and so far there is little reason for detailed criticism. The test will come when a new employment and wages system is rolled out. If this allows for greater centralisation of wages outcomes through either unions or tribunals, Australia will again face economic stagflation – rising unemployment and high inflation.

    Pain and restructuring always follows this.

    There does seem to be a huge degree of unresolved inconsistency in the narrative of some of their more vocal supporters (eg above). One hand the provision of lump sum payments to pensioners is a “bribe”, if proved by one party. It is part of a responsible and decisive economic policy, if provided by the other party.

    Justification is of this major inconsistency is non existent. But luckily, I’ve always supported additional payment to pensioners, regardless of the political party offering them.

  10. …but as is being pointed out in other commentaries it appears Malcolm is not really that good a leader.

    Adrian, you may recall some of my comments on Blogocracy when Turncoat was being touted as a possible leader of the Libs. I said then that he was all bluff and bluster – being rich doesn’t mean your smart – lots of examples of that around…

    …Turncoat demonstrated extremely poor leadership qualities during our Republic Debate…and leopards never change their spots…

  11. Adrian, you may be interested to see the way that certain Opposition Criers are attempting to gild the ungildable poll results you mention above.
    As if quoting Glenn Milne to make a point in some way validates the bias. Unfknblvbl.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/rudd_profits_from_his_war/

    “There does seem to be a huge degree of unresolved inconsistency in the narrative …”Tom

    Indeed.

  12. Does anyone else look at Turnbull and think that it is people just like him that got us into this financial mess in the first place. Labor’s rhetoric at the moment regarding greedy capitalists may be a clever ploy to get the electorate to see Turnbull as the sort of person who got us into this mess so why would we trust him to handle it?

    Of course Turnbull is trying to paint himself as a warrior against corporate greed by referencing his litigation against directors who were going to give themselves cheap shares in the early 90s. I’m not sure that one off is really going to cut it, particularly when his litigation was motivated by his own hip pocket as a shareholder.

  13. And then there is his pending court case where he is an individually named defendant in corporate legal action in relation to the defunct insurer HIH.

    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24358460-5013404,00.html

  14. “Of course Turnbull is trying to paint himself as a warrior against corporate greed “Dave55

    Wow, he is a dead-set MAVERICK!!!

    You have to be ideologically naive to be willingly lead down that particular garden path IMHO.

  15. HD
    You have to be ideologically naive to be willingly lead down that particular garden path IMHO

    And yet he still tries. He would be better placed to simply say – look, I know what this sector does and has done and how it now needs to be fixed, rather than try and say that he has already fixed it or deny that he was a part of it. Embrace your weaknesses man and turn them into strengths – don’t pretend that they aren’t there or looks for things you might have done or thought about 20 years ago and then gloss over everything that happened since then.

  16. “…don’t pretend that they aren’t there or looks for things you might have done or thought about 20 years ago and then gloss over everything that happened since then.”Dave55

    IMHO, you often have to suspend your disbelief of ALL politicians if you’re gonna take much of their revisionism with anything more than a grain of salt. Rare exceptions excepted of course; especially the ones with hideous perms.

  17. My gripe with the opposition at the moment is it seems that they have failed to let go of office and are demanding things of the current government they would never have provided themselves.

    While we always need a strong opposition it is about time they came to the fact they are in opposition and stop acting like a defacto government.

    People are seeing through this rubbish and they will not get traction in the polls until they stop.

  18. HD – I’m sorry but I can’t take the hideously permed one seriously at all. His biggest problem is that he comes across as even more of a born to rule person than did Downer and now Humbull.

    Although, if he does suddenly become revisionist on his background and publicly state what everyone suspects, he may salvage some credibility (although it would probably be political suicide).

  19. ” I’m sorry but I can’t take the hideously permed one seriously at all”Dave55

    Hehe, me neither. I loathe him for all of the reasons you stated above; I just wanted to make a childish jibe about his hideous perm. Very much in the mould of Lord Downer.

    Who could forget the plaintive desperation displayed by Pyne at last years election when, fearing his political grave, his wife sent a personal letter to everyone in his electorate imploring them to vote for Soggybiscuit Pyne; lest such a royal talent be wasted. At least he wasn’t putting anti-muslim smear pamphlets in letterboxes I guess. As it turned out he only very narrowly beat the young Mia Handshin & settled straight back in to being a pretentious, silverspoon prat.

  20. Human Dividend | October 20, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Adrian, you may be interested to see the way that certain Opposition Criers are attempting to gild the ungildable poll results you mention above.
    As if quoting Glenn Milne to make a point in some way validates the bias. Unfknblvbl.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/rudd_profits_from_his_war/

    This has been Turnbull’s line of attack, Rudd attempting to be a wartime leader in a time of crisis and right on queue the wingnuts take up the mantra. Or is it the right wing media who make the shibboleth and the Coalition who takes up the mantra. Probably interchangeable.

    You are right, unfknblvbl, they (wingnut media and Coalition) all sing out of the same songbook and then wonder why the people who are listening to a totally different song are not humming to their tune.

    Keep a lookout at Possum (http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollytics/2008/10/20/nielsen-monday-%E2%80%93-turnbull-washout-edition/) as he’s going to run some stats that show Turnbull has turned has people away from the Libs as compared to Nelson’s last three weeks when some people were turning back to the Libs.

    Good read on the Turnbull nonbounce there as well.

  21. Malcolm is as thick as two planks. Nothing will change that. There is no such thing in australia as a liberal party.

    The voters would give their eye teeth for one. Malcolm leads a weak alternative socialist party.

  22. Holy crap Ronald! can I send help to pull you back out of the rabbithole from October 2008?

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