Public Economics: Principles and Practice has been a standard reference for the interactions of governments and society. It was first published in 2003 by Peter Abelson, who is an Associate of Synergies . It is wonderful that this authoritative source is now freely available here on the web.
The almost weekly major energy policy announcements by State and Commonwealth Governments in recent times brings to mind the old cliche of never letting a good (energy) crisis go to waste. Sadly, the lack of national direction and various recent uncoordinated Government policy announcements to address short term political problems could be laying the groundwork […]
The South Australian state wide power outage in September has refocussed the light on clean energy policy and the safety and security of our power system. State and Federal Governments have subsequently taken positive steps to set green goals while encouraging new investment opportunities.
This policy update provides a brief and general review of the most recent policies, strategies and initiatives announced in the lead up to the Federal election. A central role for Government is to set the policy framework for its constituents. This is not an easy task, especially if we take into account the constrained timelines […]
Official figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that we are finally beginning to recover from the downturn following the end of the mining investment boom. GDP in the June quarter…
Figures released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that real net national disposable income (NNDI) fell by 1.1% over the year. In per capita terms this equates to a whopping 2.4% decline in per capita incomes for every man, woman and child across the country.
The Federal and some State and Territory governments have released medium to long term infrastructure plans. These plans list proposed projects for roads, schools, hospitals, digital connectivity, water, energy, public transport, airports, ports, emergency services, and corrections. Projects are usually classified as immediate or long term priorities and some plans also discuss the funding and […]
Yesterday, the Essential Services Commission (ESC) released a Position Paper that proposes a new model for regulating prices of water services in Victoria. The proposal represents a quantum change in the way water businesses are currently regulated in Australia. It has been borne out of a recognised need for a simpler regulatory process and stronger […]
Recently Euan Morton, together with Professor George Yarrow, prepared an article for the ENA Energy Insider on the Hilmer principles in the changing energy markets. This article can be viewed here or downloaded here.
On 22 March 2016, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) released its draft determination for Hunter Water’s water, wastewater and stormwater drainage services. The draft determination covers a four year period from 1 July 2016. The key aspects are summarised here.