Nothing like a healthy debate.
Lets be clear; pretty much all energy is cross subsidised in one form or another be it solar, coal or anything else down under.
Social cross subsidies exist in energy, water, sewarge all sorts of things. Some parts of society pay more, others less, some receive more value others less. Solar support is drantically falling. Support for fossil fuels is rising (see my blog for the data from Treasury)
The cost of the only solar support scheme today in Australia is around 3% of the average power bill and falling, before considering value to those investors who install or the network. The cost of owning, operating and delivering a return on the network is around 50% and rising.
Solar is not a silver bullet and can't solve every problem, but it can make a far bigger contribution than it is and there is no doubt it can be meangingful.
I 100% accept that we rely on fuel, oil and other non renewables for day to day life; I am a realist. However, I can also see that there are new, better ways to do things that can improve our efficiency. Australians have the highest per capita use of energy in the world becasue it has been too cheap for too long and we don't have a miocum of respect for what the imapct is. Im not suggesting we should go back to the dark ages, just that we could do a whole lot more with what we have and that clearly, the incumbents are (quite predictably) defending their position by introducing barriers.
Lets evolve, I say.