Weekend reading – 15-16 March

The Productivity Commission’s monster of a report on Public Infrastructure, which (rightly) recommends congestion pricing on roads, is worth reading, particularly because of the excellent Chapter 14 in Volume 2 on Social and Economic Regulation.

On the costs to business of excessive regulation, Nick Behrens from CCIQ made some nice comments earlier this week in his media release Queensland Plan must build from economic platform. Regarding the Queensland Plan, Nick notes:

The draft plan recognises the need for a minimalist approach to governance, which is in keeping with business’s calls to cut red tape and streamline compliance.

Yesterday Queensland Treasury released Population growth highlights and trends, Queensland, which examines population growth in Queensland over the last ten years, which, as I’ve discussed on this blog, has been characterised by a large decline in interstate migration (e.g. see my post When will interstate migration to Qld recover?)

Ben Jensen from the Grattan Institute has written a new report, Making time for great teaching, which makes a good case for the importance of continuing professional development of teachers. I’ve previously commented on the need for raising the quality of teachers: Improving teacher quality key to lifting student performance.

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