Monthly Archives: March 2013

4WD mums causing car-bike war theory sounds wacky, but motorists’ attitudes to cyclists do matter

It has been observed internationally that cyclists are safer in communities where more people ride bikes (e.g. Copenhagen), because motorists are used to seeing to cyclists and treat them as legitimate road users. So the attitudes of our motorists toward … Continue reading

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ABARES forecasts large increases in seafood prices over coming decades

The traditional seafood feast at Christmas will become much more expensive in future decades as limitations on our seafood stocks mean that rising demand significantly increases prices. This forecast is contained in ABARES’s new publication Global food production and prices … Continue reading

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Qld Treasury GRP figures show Far North really struggled post-financial crisis

Queensland Treasury released its latest gross regional product (GRP) estimates yesterday, and they confirm that Far North Queensland really struggled in the post-financial crisis period, with the Far North’s GRP (in real terms) actually marginally contracting between 2006-07 and 2010-11 (see … Continue reading

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Coal Seam Guar – the most important agricultural product you may never have heard of

I’m currently in Canberra attending the ABARES 2013 Outlook Conference and I must say I’m very impressed by the organisation of the conference and the program. The highlight of the first day for me was the presentation by Tony Matchett … Continue reading

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Govt should embrace Costello Commission of Audit privatisation recommendations

Unsurprisingly, the Peter Costello-led Queensland Commission of Audit has recommended privatisation of a large number of Queensland Government assets, as reported in the Courier-Mail this morning: SELL assets or spend the next half a century paying off debt. That is … Continue reading

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