He was equal first cab off the rank in criticising SA’s world-leading renewable energy program after the state was decimated during the unprecedented storm of 2016. In fact, state emergency workers were still battling the aftermath, risking their lives, while Mr Xenophon was issuing his critique from the safety of his Canberra office, as did Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Have either of them mentioned that SA’s big battery intervened in the Loy Yang power station trip interstate, startling insiders as to its amazing capacity to respond in record time?
More recently Tea Tree Gully mayor, Kevin Knight, ruled out running as an SA Best candidate. He was not in agreement with Mr Xenophon’s criticism of the recently-completed Adelaide O-Bahn tunnel. Of the tunnel Mr Knight said, “It’s just brilliant — credit where credit is due, the government has built some good infrastructure.”
Once a source of entertainment, Mr Xenophon’s provocative stunts are wearing thin with an increasingly sceptical SA electorate.
Now here is a fact for country doubters to ponder: tech giant Tesla will build an additional 50 car-charging stations in regional SA, for free.
Surely this is real news, something to celebrate. Tourism operators and local economies will be keen to see this come about.
Elon Musk believes in the future of renewable energy, that it will prove cheaper in the long run and dramatically lessen carbon emissions, or global warming.
SA is not out on a limb, it has the increased backing of major industry, despite what the coal lobby and its political acolytes would have you believe.
SA is cutting the mustard. We should stay the course. Our future depends on it.
Chris Hunter, Moonta