Why not the RAAF to operate large air tankers?

The aircraft could be used for navigation training or Govt freighters when not fire fighting. Aim for 24 hour fire fighting capability. They could operate in other countries when called on.

The mission should be No 1 to put fires out where lives are at risk – spraying retardant on bush could come after suppressing fires. The aircraft should always be under RAAF control who would liaise with on-ground fire fighters where the RAAF could have ground observing & communications staff. As 747’s are being phased out of Airlines there should be paddocks full of surplus multi-engined aircraft and spares in abundance. Current expert pilots and crew could be offered commissions – I am sure there is a way.

Who is watching electricity prices?

As our useless MP’s decamp from Canberra for their long and very well payed holidays I wonder if anybody is riding shotgun on electricity prices. I am thinking AEMO wholesale price which 12 months ago jumped ~50-100% over Christmas-New Year. Here are the colossal and sneaky price increases by State over a 20 day period 22 Dec 16 to 10 Jan 17.

Our retail power bills are already exploding. Our PM had a good result talking down gas prices which has helped moderate pressure on electricity prices. I hope the PM makes some calls to electricity generators. Checkout the new improved NemWatch

BoM summer Outlook axed in a fortnight now “lives at risk” due Vic floods

Summer rain Outlook 16 Nov foretold near average for SE Aust. Summer rain Outlook 30 Nov better but already wrong if the ‘Lives at risk’ scare is half correct. OK so anybody can make mistakes – lets check what they forecast for November rain on Oct 12th and then on Oct 26th. Here is map of November rain percentages so the later Outlook on 26th Oct was worse than the one on the 12th. Taxpayers could save $millions slashing BoM budget – we could get forecasting from www. Let BoM do core job of running our weather observations network properly.

Primarily exposing faulty methodologies behind global temperature trend compilations