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  1. Wearing more clothes I think would have to be the cheapest Failing that, good insulation, double glazing and if you could somehow integrate that Sunlizard with underfloor heating you might have a really good longterm solution. Looking at the options it seems that cheap running costs = expensive installation, and vice versa.
  2. No, not state level, but his seen council level decisions overidded by the state govt, sect 3a I think. None of what you say surprises me though, you can see the effect on the city's skyline. I think it's more than just donations, the big developers are the only ones with the finaces to push developments through in many cases. They'll be able to successfully argue the merits of an 8 storey block of apartments, where the average punter can stuggle just getting a granny flat approved.
  3. Knowing a planner I agree. Most of the bad decisions are political. They'll put a lot of work into something only to have most of it thrown out by arbitary political decisons of the councillors/mps, often to the benefit of big donors. On the other hand, he does have a very anti development, anti sprawl mindset, and this appears to be typical of the profession. I have a sense they'd force everybody to live in townhouses and european style apartments, and hugely restrict car use if they had a chance. Not that I have anything against high density development, it's just that I think we have room for both and it should be for individuals to choose. At the moment both are too expenseive, and having read few a few development control plans, I actually think medium to high density re-development is overly restricted in many suitable locations.
  4. Speakers wouldn't cut it mainly because I'd know they are speakers, and the car wouldn't feel the same to drive. I also wouldn't be able to look at and work on the greasy bits and working on the greasy bits is rather important to me. It's like the fascination some guys have with steam trains, they know it's completely outdated technology, but there is something inherently interesting about them. I'm pretty sure I said that the electric car would succeed on merit, it will eventually be the better solution when batteries get good enough, most regular non-enthusiasts will prefer them because they will be more convenient to use, none of this filling up at the gas station and getting the oil changed every 6 months nonsense.
  5. Hmmm, I think you could argue we were at that tipping point back in 08, but the rapidly unwinding collapse overseas led to the RBA & federal govt taking pre-emptive action (FHOG) in plenty of time. Thing is, it looks like we are at that point again but without a GFC unfolding perhaps our govt has no reasonable excuse to act early enough this time. I guess we'll find out in another 12-18 months to see if the turning point truly has been reached.
  6. +1 Only looks impossible because of high prices, and you would end up thanking the bank for making it so much easier to pay the thing off. As an aside, I wonder if the requirement to stump up a decent deposit was the "sacrifice" & "doing it tough" previous generations lecture gen Y with? Because saving up a deposit does require some sacrifice for a few years, something that doesn't come naturally to many. Still I reckon saving for a couple of years beats paying interest for an extra ten.
  7. To be honest you possibly could make some money buying in the US now, but not with this guy.. Small investors = suckers
  8. To be honest, I doubt it, he's a bit too old fashioned and conservative for that. You keep reading reports that he happily sits on and rents out a fair percentage of his apartments that don't sell at the price he wants, and I don't think you can do that if you were leveraged to the eyeballs. Not that I'd shed any tears if he was... well maybe tears of joy
  9. If charged off peak, possibly none at all. Even if we did need to add capacity, we'll have plenty of time, we're talking 20 year plus timeframes here. I deally you'd use nuclear or renewables, but even coal would do as it still puts out less CO2 per km than petrol. Then again a diesel hybrid might be better again than coal fired electricity, so that's hard to call.
  10. S3000, electricity is a lot cheaper than petrol, and maintenance will be limited to things like tires and suspension. Electric motors are incredibly reliable and long lived, so will likely last the life of the car, so you save there. The unknown is battery life and replacement cost, though Ihave heard that Toyotas estimates for the batteries in the Prius are turning out to be very conservative, and I am certain a big recycling market will emerge around them as they become popular. Staringclown, yes, 12 second quarters are nothing to be sneezed at, and that electric Atom is very quick, but I'd miss the noise and drama that comes with a high performance engine, it's an emotional response. I think there's a reason they played music over the electric BMW drag racing, there's nothing to hear from the car. Here's a Top Gear clip that I think fairly well captures that emotional response I'm talking about http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5_ats59rmo And yes, that peak torque at zero revs makes electric vehicles feel very responsive with excellent acceleration off the line. I do believe people will eventually buy them in preference over fossil fueled vehicles as much on their ease of use as savings in fuel costs. It will be interesting to see how all this pans out, and what technologies turn out to be successful.
  11. And there were issues with fire ratings in some of his complexes about 10 years ago.... Harry, you have no buyers because your properties are overpriced junk!
  12. Thought this article from Drive would be worth posting. It points out practical electric cars are now a (expensive) reality, and we can expect to see more and more of them in the future as their disadvantages, range, charging time, cost, are gradually overcome. Peak oil, whenever it happens, won't mean the end of the motorcar. As an enthusiast they leave me cold, an internal combustion engine is almost like the heart of a car, and these things are soulless by comparison, but I can see the appeal and sense in them. They will be cheap to run, smooth and quiet, and very reliable requiring very little servicing compared to fossil fueled vehicles. Perfect for city driving, which is most driving for most people.
  13. Brave man calling the burst now before the federal government shows it's hand.
  14. Well, if you build it in the middle of nowhere from scratch, and then don't actually put anything there then of course it fails. What I like about the suggestion is that it re-purposes existing townships. I also think putting it in a decent location would help as well, but the installation of a permanent anchor like parliament is critical for it to have a chance of succeeding.
  15. I could add that many European cities also show how good higher density apartment developments can be, where as we seem hell bent on proving how crap they can be.