Dan Andrews, the Premier of Victoria, has been a busy man.Â For four long months, Melbourne was locked in a desperate, life or death struggle with the coronavirus and only recently emerged victorious.Â Itâs well past time he stopped to pat himself on the back and take a well-earned rest, as he has clearly been doing everything by himself.Â This was made apparent by a tweet he sent out yesterday showing he doesnât understand how his own stateâs Solar Homes Program works.
I donât expect someone who has been waging a desperate battle against a dangerous pandemic1 to keep up to date on trivial matters such as the details of an incentive for Victorian home solar, but there should be someone available to make sure his tweets are factually accurate and prevent him looking like an idiot.Â For the sake of our national pride, we want to avoid any Australian Premier resembling Donald Trump.
Here is the problematic tweet that proves heâs working all on his own with no one to fact-check himâŠ
We ticked over our 100,000th Solar Homes installation the other day. That means 100,000 Victorian families with half-price solar who paid nothing up front â and are already saving on their bills.
â Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) November 17, 2020
The problem is this tweet is demonstrably untrue. Victoria does not have 100,000 families who received half-price solar and paid nothing upfront.Â This is because at the moment the Victorian Solar Homes Program consists of two incentives:
This means the maximum amount a household can currently receive off the upfront cost of a solar system is $3,700.Â While this is a hefty chunk âo change, it is still less than what the typical Victorian solar system costs.
Using SolarQuotesâ top-secret prototype âPrice Explorerâ tool I can see that while the average price paid for a solar power system2 is falling in Victoria3, the average price â before the Victorian rebate is applied- in the past 3 months was about $5,300.
So only a small minority of Victorians will have had a solar power system installed for nothing upfront.Â On top of this, not everyone who gets the subsidy also takes the interest-free loan.
But at least Dan didnât attempt to claim borrowing money is the same as saving money, as Solar Victoria did here.
In Australia, itâs traditional for State Premiers to do everything themselves.Â This includes digging mines, building bridges, and constructing highways.Â I know this because every time a major piece of infrastructure gets completed the news will show the Premier in a hard hat putting the finishing touches on it.4
But all this work is too much for one man to handle.Â Maybe a woman could do it, but even without a one-legged chromosome that contributes to colour blindness, baldness, and haemophilia, I wouldnât recommend it5.
I know states are saying theyâre hard up for money at the moment, but they really need to find it within their budgets to hire some sort of assistant or staff member who can check their Premiersâ tweets and stop them looking stupid.Â It will also prevent them from getting lonely in those big, empty, State Government houses.
Weâve got to give Premiers some support, otherwise theyâll be too busy to fight disease for us.Â Iâve heard from a trusted source that Dan Andrews is so busy that when someone asks him a question he only has one second to guess an answer and, as a result, he has been second-guessing everything from expert medical advice to how to run a quarantine hotel for months now.
But at least his workload should get easier thanks to Melbourne beating the virus.Â Unfortunately, itâs now Adelaideâs turn to play with the idiot ball that has âCOVIDâ stamped on the side.6