Monthly Archives: February 2014

Top twenty largest cities and towns in Queensland by population

I get quite a few hits on my blog from people searching for the populations of Queensland cities, particularly Townsville, given an old post of mine: Is Townsville or Cairns the capital of North Qld?. Hence I’ve decided to chart Queensland Treasury’s … Continue reading

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ABC Brisbane radio interview on Toyota departure

This morning, Steve Austin from 612 ABC Brisbane interviewed me regarding Toyota’s departure and the demise of car manufacturing in Australia: How will Toyota’s departure affect the local economy? I reiterated a number of points I’ve made previously, including in … Continue reading

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Minimal threat to Qld economy from car industry shutdown

The demise of Australia’s car manufacturing industry was always inevitable, but even I have been surprised at the pace with which Ford, GM Holden and now Toyota have announced their plans to cease production in Australia. While the plant closures … Continue reading

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Hospitality suffering under IR regime

On my way back from the Boondall ice skating rink this morning I stopped in at my favourite north side cafe, Dandelion & Driftwood, and while walking back to my car I noticed this sign on the neighbouring restaurant:  The … Continue reading

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Qld businesses more optimistic than current conditions suggest they probably should be

The December quarter edition of the timely and very useful CCIQ-Westpac Pulse Report released yesterday confirms reasonably high levels of confidence among Queensland businesses and a continuing improvement in business conditions. While CCIQ considers confidence is no longer running ahead of … Continue reading

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Further TAFE job cuts likely in new contestable training market

The effective corporatisation of TAFE Queensland last year (see Qld TAFE to become statutory body) and the push for greater contestability in training funding – both of which I support – will no doubt lead to a rationalisation of Queensland … Continue reading

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Billions of benefits from selling Gladstone and Townsville ports

My colleague and friend Brad Rogers, who is also Secretary of the Queensland branch of the Economic Society of Australia, has written a nice post arguing for privatisation of Queensland’s Government-owned ports at his new blog: Queensland Ports For Sale Brad … Continue reading

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