Monthly Archives: February 2013

Billion dollar Jobs Plan assumes local businesses aren’t getting fair share of work from big projects

The Commonwealth Government’s $1 billion Jobs Plan announced today (see media release) appears to be based on an assumption that Australian businesses aren’t getting a fair share of work out of major projects. I find this odd considering the massive … Continue reading

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Government should resist subsidising Disney Nemo film – no long-term benefit to Qld

The Queensland Government should refuse to contribute money to attract the filming of Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to the Gold Coast (see the news report Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt could film a movie in Australia). The previous … Continue reading

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Where do Queensland’s super rich live?

Queensland’s super rich are most prevalent in the Ascot-Hamilton and Kenmore-Brookfield areas in Brisbane and up and down the Gold Coast, if registration data by postcode for super luxury cars – Rolls Royce, Bentley, Ferrari and Lamborghini – are a … Continue reading

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Potentially large economic and environmental benefits from improving pedestrian safety

I’m pleased to see the Queensland Government will install flashing lights at schools with a view to improving pedestrian safety, as reported by the Sunshine Coast Daily earlier today: WALKING to and from school will be safer for children and … Continue reading

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Qld Govt follows through on open data policy – now I know where all the E-Type Jaguars prowl

A tweet by Possum Comitatus yesterday alerted me to the newly released data on car registrations in Queensland released under the Queensland Government’s new open data policy. This is an extensive database, including nearly every bit of relevant registration data … Continue reading

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Sunnybank a major centre for diversity in Brisbane

The Government Statistician and the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs (DATSIMA) have released a great new publication Diversity Figures based on 2011 Census data. Check out this excellent map in the publication showing the … Continue reading

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Very surprising employment numbers for Qld – ABS needs to investigate volatility

Given the low levels of job vacancies toward the end of 2012 (see this previous post), I’m very surprised to see the strong rebound in employment in January (30,200 new jobs) and the unemployment rate dropping to 5.5% from 6.1% … Continue reading

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