Monthly Archives: May 2015

Mining leads fall in private sector capital expenditure – Qld technical recession may extend into 2015

The technical recession Queensland experienced in late 2014 may extend into early 2015 based on new ABS data showing the large drop in mining investment from its extraordinarily high levels has continued into the March quarter of 2015 (see chart … Continue reading

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Clear evidence re-zoning decisions favour politically connected – new paper by Murray and Frijters

Cameron Murray and Paul Frijters from the School of Economics at UQ have an excellent  paper out proving what we’ve all long suspected: that the politically well-connected do much better in the property development game than those less well-connected (see … Continue reading

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Qld losing economic State of Origin at the moment

On the day of the first State of Origin game for 2015, it seems timely to reflect on Queensland’s recent economic performance relative to NSW. Alas, it has not been great, with Queensland actually recording a slight loss of jobs … Continue reading

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Residential dwelling investment crucial to re-balancing of Qld economy

Queensland Treasury’s latest set of State Accounts, which have created so much controversy (see my previous post on Qld’s technical recession), show just how extraordinary the private sector investment boom was in Queensland, with investment increasing as a share of … Continue reading

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More on Qld’s late-2014 technical recession – Treasury should get out there and defend its figures

I was flattered that the Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt, or possibly one of his staffers, shared my previous post on his Facebook timeline yesterday (screenshot below). It’s regrettable that the integrity of the Queensland Treasury has been questioned in the … Continue reading

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Qld experiences technical recession as investment falls from elevated levels – no need to panic yet, though

Watching the ABC News tonight, I had to laugh when ABC State Political Reporter Chris O’Brien prefaced opinions given by Nick Behrens from CCIQ and me on whether Queensland is in recession with that classic journalistic device “Opinions differ…” Well … Continue reading

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New evidence stimulus worsened our competitiveness from Makin & Ratnasiri

Griffith University Economics Professor Tony Makin and his co-author Shyama Ratnasiri have just published an interesting paper (Competitiveness and government expenditure: The Australian example) presenting new econometric evidence that suggests fiscal stimulus in response to the financial crisis worsened Australia’s … Continue reading

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