Last month’s announcement of the closure of the huge brown coal-fired Yallourn Power Station in 2028, four years earlier than expected, with no plans to replace it with base-load power, threatens to cause chaos as Victoria moves towards increasing dependence on intermittent solar and wind energy.
A report into Australia’s trade relations which has been a year in the making was released in mid-March and it provides sobering reading on the extent of our reliance on our major trading partner and investor, the People’s Republic of China.
Australian automotive manufacturing came to an end with the production of the last Holden nearly 3½ years ago, an event that provides a compelling example of the failure of the nation’s governing class to secure a national industry of strategic importance.
This is the final article in this six part series, which has been prepared by various community leaders from the Southern Murray-Darling Basin, on the woes and flaws of the water-policy reform, particularly the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Read Part 5 here.