i guess idiocy is not the exclusive purview of the US as you thought.
The joke gets worse because the previous state government for over 10 years was turfed out 4 months ago.
I heard an American professor on ABC Radio National a few months ago and he had made a study of Australia's power generating system and had some very interesting figures. In the 12 years since our National Electricity Market (NEM) was introduced we now get 45 percent, on average, of our power from other states and lose 65% of the electricity generated before it gets used in a states power network on average.
Our federal politicians have created a national system where distance means that a very high proportion of our generated electricity is wasted in transit and at the same time they introduced their carbon tax they reduced the rebate people get paid for excess electricity pumped back into the local network from home solar arrays from 44c to 7c per kwhr. Apparently it would become uneconomic for the long line power companies to build new assets if they were in competion with cheap local solar power installations.
It's no wonder they (the politicians and the power company bosses) gave themselves minimum 50K payrises, screwing and shearing must be bloody hard work!