Monthly Archives: December 2010

Government should learn lesson from ZeroGen

The State Government will learn an important lesson – about the risks to governments in embarking on risky business ventures – as a result of the failure of the state-owned ZeroGen clean coal company.  The Courier-Mail reported this morning: State … Continue reading

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Half of power price increase due to push for renewable energy

Half of the expected 5.83% increase in Queensland electricity prices next year is the result of Federal Government policy changes to the Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme – changes which are designed to encourage investment in large-scale renewable energy generation … Continue reading

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Gold Coast, Brisbane bayside and New Farm at risk from sea-level rise (in 2100)

If you’re in the market for a property in South-East Queensland, you’d be advised to check out the latest Commonwealth Government-funded maps of the potential impacts of climate-change-induced sea-level rises on coastal communities: Visualising sea level rise – South-East Queensland … Continue reading

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Bundaberg residents seriously addicted to pokies

The Bundaberg News Mail ($5,000 an hour goes on pokies) reports: More than $44.3 million has been spent on pokies in the region in the past 12 months, according to figures published on the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation’s … Continue reading

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Old State Library re-development is worthwhile

The old State Library is a charming old building, but it’s occupying prime Brisbane CBD land and should be re-developed, preserving as much of the original building as possible, of course.  The National Trust of Queensland, however, has signalled “widespread … Continue reading

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Government should follow Business Council advice

The Business Council of Australia (BCA) is rightly skeptical about the Commonwealth Government’s banking reform package.  At best it’s a collection of token reforms that won’t do much harm.  At worst it will lead to unfairness and a lack of … Continue reading

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Revenue from fines soared by 17% ($42 million) in 2009-10

Anyone working in Brisbane CBD is likely to have witnessed the pathetic sight of a police officer leaping out from a hiding place to book some poor unsuspecting pleb for jaywalking across a quiet city street (the George St-Queen St mall … Continue reading

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