Author: John McDonnell, Principal, McDonnell Policy Analysis

Key Points

  • Populist policy interventions have destroyed political consensus and given rise to unsustainable energy policy in Australia.
  • At the present time, neither of the major Australian political parties has an energy policy that can last past one electoral cycle.
  • Politicians have to make difficult choices between the destruction of sectors of the Australian economy and minimising the risk from climate change. They need reliable evidence about costs to enable them to make these choices without causing unnecessary harm. They need to know the least-cost way of achieving the agreed level of emission reduction while producing reliable and stable energy flows. 

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"Where will the Australian Energy Industry head after the Glasgow Climate Change Conference?"

EPIA brings together a focussed panel discussion with prominent industry leaders chaired and led by Grant King, chair of the University of NSW Energy Institute.

What: "Where will the Australian Energy Industry head after the Glasgow Climate Change Conference?"
When: Wednesday 2 February 2022, 2.30pm - 5.30pm
Where: Sir Stamford at Circular Quay, 93 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: $300 (includes refreshments)
Register: register by clicking here.  

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What's New

Policy Paper 3/21 "Electricity generation and emissions reduction in Australia: we need a coherent policy to foster technology development and investment" (Aug 2021)

Author: Stephen Anthony is the Chief Economist at Macroeconomics Advisor

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Policy Paper 2/21 "The Shell Decision: An International Legal Nightmare for the Energy Industry" (Aug 2021)

Author: Robert Pritchard, Energy Policy Institute of Australia

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Policy Papers

Public Policy Papers: A compendium of Key Points (to August 2021) 

Since May 2013 the Institute has published 29 Public Policy Papers.

pdfClick here to view the compendium of key points.