Monthly Archives: June 2010

ARIA’s $7.50 cup of coffee

With its exquisite food and sweeping panoramic views of the Brisbane River, Matt Moran’s ARIA restaurant at Eagle St Pier is undoubtedly superb, but some diners must be shocked at paying $7.50 for a coffee after the meal.  Is ARIA simply gouging … Continue reading

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Will people use the Go Between Bridge?

According to our Lord Mayor Campbell Newman, the Go Between Bridge promises to shave 7-10 minutes off a peak-hour trip between Brisbane’s sporting centre of Milton and its cultural centre in South Brisbane & West End.  In December last year, … Continue reading

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How low can it go?

The big news story in Brisbane today is that Rivercity Motorway is dropping the Clem7 toll from the already discounted price of $2.95 to $2: Toll for Clem7 tunnel to drop to $2 Rivercity Motorway was hoping to charge $4.28 … Continue reading

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107,000 more Queenslanders

Queensland’s population increased by around 107,000 people in 2009, according to new ABS population data released last Thursday (this Queensland Treasury briefing note contains the relevant figures).  At the end of 2009, our population  stood at just over 4.47 million, or … Continue reading

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Is the Resource Super Profits Tax unconstitutional?

There is an interesting letter from John Penhallurick in the June 19 Economist arguing the Resource Super Profits Tax (RSPT) is unconstitutional: Constitutional powers over minerals and mining lie with the states, which have levied royalties on mining companies for … Continue reading

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Strong growth in interstate exports

There was some reasonably good news in today’s interstate trade figures for Queensland released by the ABS.  Through the year to March 2010, there was a 17% increase in Queensland’s exports to other States, while imports remained roughly constant.  (Note I … Continue reading

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Planning for the 200-kilometre city

There is a useful volume on SEQ planning issues out at the moment, A Climate for Growth, edited by Brendan Gleeson and Wendy Steele of Griffith University, and published by University of Queensland (UQ) Press. The volume includes two standout essays … Continue reading

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