Monthly Archives: October 2010

Basin battle begins

Residents of Queensland’s Balonne region – particularly in St George and Dirranbandi which are heavily dependent on cotton growing – won’t sleep well tonight after the Murray Darling Basin Authority today suggested cuts of 29-39% in the water that Condamine-Balonne … Continue reading

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Mine workers beat city silvertails

Broadsound, Belyando and Peak Downs in central Queensland top the ranking of average incomes for wage and salary earners in Queensland, consigning Hamilton and Ascot to fourth and fifth place, according to new ABS small area data released today.  Largely … Continue reading

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Reserve Bank waiting to make sure the party has actually started

The longest-serving Chairman of the US Federal Reserve (from 1951 to 1970), William McChesney Martin, Jr, once observed that the role of the Federal Reserve – the equivalent of our Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) – is “to take away … Continue reading

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The Ipswich House

Queensland’s first railway line, completed in 1865, ran between Ipswich and Grandchester, and was extended to Toowoomba in 1867.  Freight, including wool from the Darling Downs, could be transported from Ipswich to Brisbane on barges down the Bremer and Brisbane … Continue reading

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Gold Coast Commonwealth Games bid

Premier Anna Bligh is currently in Delhi lobbying to bring the 2018 Commonwealth Games to the Gold Coast.  The ABC (Bligh pitches Gold Coast bid to Games federation) reports Ms Bligh as commenting: “The Commonwealth Games has the capacity to … Continue reading

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Performance pay for teachers

The top 10% of Queensland primary school teachers are twice as effective as the bottom 10%, according to research in 2007 by one of Australia’s top education experts, and now federal Labor MP for Canberra, Dr Andrew Leigh (How can … Continue reading

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