Monthly Archives: September 2011

Move Labour Day, not Queen’s Birthday

I’m pleased to read the Government is reviewing Queensland’s productivity-sapping cluster of public holidays in the first half of the year: Queen’s Birthday public holiday could be moved to later in year under controversial review of Qld public holiday system … Continue reading

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Where do containers landing at Port of Brisbane go?

The answer is in a great new data set from the ABS, Experimental Statistics on International Shipping Container Movements:

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ULDA is a financial risk for government

Previously I’ve asked “Does Queensland need an Urban Land Development Authority?” and it appears my concerns were well placed. Yesterday’s Townsville Bulletin reports Flood risk puts housing sales on hold: A STATE Government housing project at Oonoonba has been taken … Continue reading

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$660 million of mineral exploration expenditure in Qld in 2010-11

These charts are based on data from the latest ABS Mineral and Petroleum Exploration publication:

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Qld still set to boom

BIS Shrapnel has come to the same obvious conclusion as everyone else who has looked at the planned resources sector investment in Queensland (Growth years tipped for Queensland): QUEENSLAND can look forward to booming growth in the next four or … Continue reading

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Time to cut our losses on industry assistance

Michael Stutchbury has a great article in today’s Australian calling for some hard headed thinking on IR and government support for manufacturing (Old talk on tax and jobs). He notes: The October 6 jobs forum announced by Julia Gillard and … Continue reading

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Queensland remains top destination for interstate migrants

OESR’s latest Population Growth Highlights and Trends report released on Friday notes: Despite Queensland’s relatively low level of net interstate migration in 2010, its net gain of 7,200 was the largest of all Australian states. Victoria gained 2,900 new residents … Continue reading

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CSG projected to generate $20-30 billion p.a.

From the latest Queensland Gas Market Review, released yesterday: Based on these numbers, and a forecast gas price of $7-8/GJ, coal seam gas (CSG) producers would earn total revenues of $20-30 billion per annum by 2030. The Australian has coverage … Continue reading

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Qld unemployment rate increases to 6.2% – due to surge in labour force participation

There is no point worrying too much about monthly movements in the labour force data, as several months of data are usually necessary to identify clear trends, as I noted in my previous post Media over-reacts to jobs data. Hence, … Continue reading

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Gold Coast building industry still suffering from pre-GFC over-investment

With high vacancy rates for both residential and commercial property – a legacy of the pre-GFC boom in construction on the Gold Coast – there is little need for additional construction activity on the Coast any time soon. Hence, it’s … Continue reading

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