This post is born out of yesterday’s frustration, with a Goget car doing it’s best Christine impression in the middle of the University of New South Wales, horn blaring, for about 45 minutes. But I’ll try to see through the emotion. I never can hold onto anger for long, as much as I would sometimes like to 🙂
Anyway, the crux of it is that car share is wonderfully convenient, but the current local providers are either too small, or frustratingly inadequate when it comes to customer service and standards.
An article by Shane Wright in the West Australian (via Peter Martin) has given me a bit of a rethink about the “milk war”. I am seeing more parallels with the retail of milk and electricity retail markets.
Perhaps I should take this as notice to think about energy markets less and to get out more…
Essentially, for most consumers of milk and pretty much all consumers of electricity, the product is a simple one and all we care about is price. The role of milk producers and electricity retailers, however, is to compete on anything but price. Here lies the tension between marketing and consumer benefit.
The votes have been counted and the headline results are as predicted months ago. The only talking point of interest, at this stage, has been reflections on the Greens vote. Various commentators have called the Greens result a disappointment, given that they went into the election as favourites in Balmain and strong chances in Marrickville, and on current vote appear Labor appear to have held Marrickville and likely to hold Balmain (though it’s very close).
But was the Greens result really so disappointing? What were the positives for the progressive Left?
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Following the announcement by the Multi-party Committee on Climate Change that there would be a carbon price on 1 July 2012, there has been an increased amount of discussion about compensation. The Chairman of Leighton Holdings, for example, has been reported saying that a carbon tax should be introduced with no compensation, to business or households, “as it simply defeats the purpose of trying to drive behavioural change”.
This outcome appears unlikely, and it seems that households will at least be partly compensated. It is important to look at how this compensation might be delivered, as the various options will have different policy and political implications.