Monthly Archives: November 2012

Brisbane hearing of inquiry into two pillars (ag and resources) today

The public hearing for the Inquiry into Queensland’s Agriculture and Resource Industries in Brisbane today looks very interesting, and I will try to get along to one or two of the sessions, particularly the sessions with the Resources Council and … Continue reading

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Cost of schooling will keep increasing under current model

It’s no surprise to see another report on escalating private school fees (Queensland private schools announce fee hikes of up to 7 per cent for 2013), given that, under the traditional schooling model, the potential for productivity gains in schools … Continue reading

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Qld should look to Victoria for tips on tourism promotion

Tourism Queensland released its handy Overseas Arrivals and Australian Departures Data Sheet yesterday (basically a repackaging of ABS data), and it highlighted to me that Queensland’s tourism promotion is failing and that we can learn something from the quirky, interesting … Continue reading

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Large decline in rate of homelessness in Qld over last decade

I have no idea whether this is due to good luck or good management, but ABS Census data released today show Queensland’s rate of homelessness has fallen over the last decade to be comparable with rates in NSW and Victoria:

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White gold and white meat

Cotton can be a very profitable crop for farmers and is often referred to as white gold. Hence it was good to see the report in the Toowoomba Chronicle today that Darling Downs gins smash cotton record: Queensland Cotton regional … Continue reading

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Temporary weakness due to public sector restraint continues

Today’s ABS labour force data weren’t encouraging for Queensland, with the unemployment rate remaining significantly higher than the national average, as shown in this chart from OESR’s labour force brief: I remain of the view that Queensland’s higher unemployment rate … Continue reading

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Eclipse tourism boost for Far North Qld

From Tourism Queensland’s news room (60,000 to make eclipse pilgrimage to Queensland’s Tropical North): Tropical North Queensland is preparing to welcome an estimated 60,000 people to witness the region’s first total solar eclipse in more than 1,300 years. Minister for … Continue reading

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