Recent comments by: ME

Agribusiness

Want a fair price on carbon? Then tax it: that ought to appeal to the Rudd$ter. But that also includes taxing imported carbon: Chinese products made without regard to emissions, European cars made whilst their countries fail to even meet Kyoto 1 targets, coal-fired electricity...see how unpalatable a real "make you think of carbon" structure would be? Why, people might even change their habits...
10/05/10 03:47 AM
Another "expert" welded onto handouts from the public purse, telling us how bad we have behaved. It's a pity he didn't have the courage of his convictions to tell the Zimabwean's how to act, or the Chinese, or the Burmese, or any number of African "peoples republics". Nope, just get a nice soft target and prove the "value" of your rent seeking job.
06/05/10 11:18 PM
Rudd must sack Henry: if you get 140+ recommendations from someone and use 3 (plus one he specifically disn't suggest - the SGL lift to 12%), then you don't trust your advisor. Hence, you should sack him. But the Ruddster won't, because is is gutless. Watch now as he tries to buy off the miners with concessions which will half kill his super profits tax.
04/05/10 11:28 PM
Rudd ditched the ETS because he couldn't get a deal "his way", despite the billions he threw at getting what he wanted. He is as mature in this regard as a three year old: it has to be his idea, his way, or it's the highway. If his idea doesn't get up, he sends in a Minister to explain the failures and blame someone else - Rudd only makes the big announcements.
27/04/10 11:55 PM
Two types of negotiation: first, I have a plan. We discuss that plan, and we come up with a collegiate result. Second, I have a plan. I don't care what you think of the plan, or if it will actually work, because I must tell the media and the public my plan has won. If that means I have to throw billions at you to agree, I will. You will accept the plan, I will not budge on that. Which one is Rudd?
21/04/10 11:06 PM
What the big retailers are feeling here is of their own making. Having squeezed the last drop out of the producer, they can't cut into his margins anymore, and they can't push prices up on consumers. So they complain about falling profits! Stand by for some retailer collusion, and some price increases. Any excuse will do: floods, drought, interest rates, fuel prices...up goes fresh food - with nothing back behind andthe farm gate. And the Pollies will wobble their heads and make a plan for a plan in 4 years time...
07/04/10 12:53 AM
Jon Noble: you are in small business - minimum wage settings do not apply to you. If you don't like it, sell out. MRR - where do you think all the olive oil, almonds, walnuts, wood chip, citrus, avocadoes etc go? Do the MIS just bury that stuff? Or maybe, just maybe, a whole lot of it gets exported...get some facts first.
07/04/10 12:49 AM
We are told that sea levels could rise 3 m by the end of this century, but this data says that in the last 16 years sea levels have risen from 1.5 to 3 mm in the south and east and 7 to 10 mm in the north. So, in the 90 years left in this century, extrapolating those rates of sea level rises, we should expect 8.4 to 16.9mm of rise in the south and east and 39.3 to 56.2 mm in the north. So, worst case scenario, a bit over two inches. The extreme tidal movement in Darwin is 8m (or 8,000 mm) and this worst case scenario is 1/142 of that range. In the south and east, we are looking at 2/3 of an inch rise. Not too scary really. On weather the data is also pretty encouraging. 0.7 degrees warmer since 1960. That’s 50 years! So, in the next 90, we could expect 1.26 degrees of increase. Not the 2.5 to 4 degrees suggested. And that’s if “we” do nothing! In the alternative, we can spend billions to achieve what? Maybe a 10% reduction? So we reduce the sea level rise in the south and east by 1.7mm – about 20 pages of A4 paper in thickness. And temperatures don’t rise by 0.126 degrees.
16/03/10 02:49 AM
Another beat up: there is no shortage of fertiliser. Every year suppliers rely on "what is on the boat". Farmers with a plan should have bought last year (how low do you want prices to go before you lock in?)
14/02/10 10:32 PM
I would like to point out that there are several other great alternatives to kangaroo. Why not try platypus pie (delicious with wattle seed), a little Koala Stew (don't forget the bush chutney) and of course everyone's favourite, emu and eggplant ragu! Some of these can be humanely dispatched with the ute (I can tell you honestly they never saw it coming) but others are best accessed using dynamite. I think these people should just go back to the traditional diet: fruitcake and nuts!
09/02/10 10:31 PM

General

12,000 lost jobs eh! Sounds like a number that smells.
04/02/10 03:07 AM
Farmers are great as growing supply in big chunks, while demand moves more linearly. So over time, the signals to the market being what they are, production will not grow, but demand will gradually do so. Then one day, the will be balance, and then imbalance in favour of producers. The experts will then say "plant grapes - the world wants our wine" and round we go again. Tax effectives account for less than 8% of all grapes planted since 2000: the problem is industry wide.
14/01/10 03:55 AM

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