Monthly Archives: September 2010

Is Cairns (not Townsville) now going to be the second capital?

Cairns’s economy is in trouble, with tourism way down and unemployment at 11-12%.  It’s understandable therefore the Government would consider a range of ideas to boost its economy.  The Government’s latest idea, as reported in the Cairns Post, is to … Continue reading

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Sunshine Coast Council more pro-development than Gold Coast

The Sunshine Coast Council appears to understand the reality of South East Queensland’s population growth and pressures on the environment, with the Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer supporting high density living, as reported in the Sunshine Coast Daily: ROADS will be … Continue reading

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Skill shortages database a good idea

Queensland Government research (Skills for Jobs and Growth 2010) identifies that some skill shortages are genuinely due to a lack of skilled workers (e.g., pilots, farm managers) but others are simply due to employers not paying high enough wages to … Continue reading

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Treasury research finds Commonwealth Debt won’t drive up interest rates

A Treasury paper released on Friday confirms the expectation of economists that Commonwealth Government debt won’t push up interest rates, and that US debt is a much bigger influence. This is not surprising, given the nature of global capital markets. … Continue reading

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Crime and punishment – Queensland definitely no longer the police state

While Queensland university students once marched through Brisbane streets chanting “Queensland Police State”, Queensland is definitely a police state no longer, and, if any state deserves that tag, it’s NSW. Since 2007, Queensland prisons have housed, each day on average, … Continue reading

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Tough times for tourism likely to continue

Oprah Winfrey will find it tough to sell Australia as a holiday destination to her audience if the Australian dollar stays near recent record highs against the US dollar: Australian dollar up late, reaches two year high against US dollar … Continue reading

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Brisbane City Council crackdown on wandering shopping trolleys

In a positive development, given the risks to our waterways from rusting, abandoned shopping trolleys, a sign that popped up at Toowong Village today announces that anyone taking a trolley away from the shopping centre would be subject to a … Continue reading

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