Nobody’s thinking about the pandemic anymore masks are off, 80k people are at the MCG but the daily death rate keeps rising our hospitals are overrun and underemployed. The daily cases are unknown but we know are underreported. State politics seems to have determined our new attitude to death and it’s not good.
“The truth is we simply don’t have enough hospital beds open, so we’re looking at private and peri-urban health beds to free up capacity in the system.”
Source: New subvariant detected in SA as state records 11 COVID-related deaths – ABC News
When the LNP Dirt Brigade can call on their MSM media propagandists to turn one tree into a forrest, it becomes extremely evident the case of Kimberly Kitching of their level of desperation. Kitching never uttered any complaint or called for this level of publicity but the LNP’s own polls indicated Scott Morrison needed something to take the attention away from the shellacking the LNP was about to experience in South Sustralia.
Kitching’s death was weaponised for the purpose of political deflection and gained the equivalent and undeserved front page attention the death of Shane Warne did for that purpose. It’s not that it lasted over a week but it actually kept the Labor victory in SA off the front pages. It shows the unequal battle the ALP always faces in an election but also the degree to which Scott Morrison and the Liberals have fucked up this past not 3 but 9 years.
Think of it this way: If Steven Marshall had had an unexpected victory, what would have been the reaction? People would have said it showed again how wrong polls can be. The result would have inserted a discount into assessments of Anthony Albanese’s chances. SA Labor’s win will be a psychological boost for the federal Opposition, and a further dampener on the government’s mood.
Source: SA result is boost for Albanese, but he’s struggling with Kitching allegations
The most surprising of those developments may be the South Australia achievement, which shows that since the closure of the Hazelwood brown coal generator in Victoria in March 2017, South Australia has become a net exporter of electricity, in net annualised terms.
Hugh Saddler, lead author of the study, notes that this is a big change for South Australia, which in 1999 and 2000, when it had only gas and local coal, used to import 30% of its electricity demand.
The fact that wholesale prices in South Australia were higher in other states – then, as they are now – has nothing to with wind and solar, but the fact that it has no low-cost conventional source and a peaky demand profile (then and now).
“The difference today is that the state is now taking advantage of its abundant resources of wind and solar radiation, and the new technologies which have made them the lowest cost sources of new generation, to supply much of its electricity requirements,” Saddler writes.
via South Australia rides renewables boom to become electricity exporter | Australia news | The Guardian
Tesla’s new battery will be big enough to power thousands of homes, but it’s likely to be just the first of many such installations.
Source: Explainer: what can Tesla’s giant South Australian battery achieve?
Tesla’s Elon Musk is promising big battery storage will be in place by SA’s summer, but what exactly is it and how will it be used?
Source: Tesla to supply world’s biggest battery for SA, but what is it and how will it work? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)