Monthly Archives: December 2010

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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Treasury needs to assert itself

One great piece of advice in Richard Carlson’s Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff is “if someone throws you the ball, you don’t have to catch it”.  Judging from today’s front page headline in the Australian newspaper (Treasury swamped by demands) it … Continue reading

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Glimmers of hope for weak construction sector

According to today’s ABS Housing Finance release, the number of new home loans grew at a decent rate in October: 3.6% in Qld and 1.9% across Australia (seasonally adjusted). Of course, this growth occurred prior to the Melbourne Cup day … Continue reading

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Reading performance of Australian students deteriorating

From the just released OECD PISA survey of educational performance (p. 19 in the Executive Summary): Since both PISA 2000 and PISA 2009 focused on reading, it is possible to track how student performance in reading changed over that period. … Continue reading

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Push to deregulate retail trading hours deserves support

It was great to read in today’s Courier-Mail that the big retailers (Coles, Woolies, etc) are leading a push for deregulated trading hours in Queensland, which would bring us into line with most other States: Queensland trading hours to be … Continue reading

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Mackay company deserves Smart State Award

While our State and Commonwealth Governments have been trying to encourage bio-tech and advanced manufacturing companies through R&D tax concessions and commercialisation grants, it’s possible they have overlooked more prosaic companies that can generate practical innovations, such as Mackay’s Shipping … Continue reading

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