Monthly Archives: March 2011

Brisbane – a perfectly balanced city

The ABS’s regional population figures released today confirm Queensland is second only to WA in population growth, and that the Brisbane metro area’s population growth is concentrated in the Western Corridor through Ipswich and West Moreton. The ABS has also … Continue reading

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Xenophon’s war on supermarkets

In defiance of basic economic logic, Senator Nick Xenophon has called for the Gillard Government to dismantle the Coles-Woolworths duopoly that dominates 80% of the groceries market (Call to dismantle duopoly): THE Federal Government needs to consider dismantling Coles and … Continue reading

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Winners and losers from Aussie dollar at 103 US cents – is Ford the next Mitsubishi?

The Aussie dollar at 103 US cents (Dollar sets new post-float high) will be welcomed by Australians shopping online and holidaying overseas but, by making Australia a more expensive holiday destination for international visitors, it’s likely to prolong the slump in … Continue reading

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Government right to push back on Townsville Convention Centre

A new convention centre in Townsville would not likely attract any new conferences to Queensland, and it would simply serve as a competitor to the major convention centres in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, taking conference business away from these … Continue reading

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Westminster system needs reform

With his bold bid to jump from City Hall to the Premier’s office, Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman is thinking laterally to overcome a major deficiency of the Westminster system, which requires the Government to be formed in the parliament. … Continue reading

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Productivity Commission stumped by effective carbon price question

The Productivity Commission has essentially admitted it’s not possible to produce the credible estimates of effective carbon prices (i.e. dollars per tonne of CO2) in the world’s major economies – US, UK, Germany, Japan, China, and India – that the … Continue reading

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Country living is dangerous – New ABS Social Trends report

Sea changers and tree changers may well reconsider city life once they learn about the downsides of country and small town life, including higher fatality rates from heart attacks and traffic accidents. In part, the higher fatality rates are related … Continue reading

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A mobile phone tower in the palm of your hand – what could it mean for the NBN?

If it’s not too late to abandon the $30 billion+ National Broadband Network (NBN), it may be worth doing so, given the rapid technological advances in ICT we’re seeing, such as lightRadio, which must significantly increase the risk that the … Continue reading

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Was spending on the pokies boosted by flood and cyclone relief payments?

A significant number of people who claimed flood and cyclone relief assistance from Centrelink may not have really needed the $1,000 they received, and it’s likely that a good chunk of any undeserved assistance was spent on leisure activities, including … Continue reading

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Cross River Rail or a Brisbane Metro?

Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman may have a good idea in recommending that the Government scrap the Cross River Rail project and consider a new Brisbane subway system instead: Brisbane’s stalled $8 billion cross river rail project should be scrapped … Continue reading

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