Monthly Archives: November 2015

Queensland businesses remain pessimistic on average

Queensland businesses remain a relatively pessimistic bunch, based on the latest data from the Westpac-CCIQ Pulse Survey, which I have previously argued is the most reliable data on business confidence in Queensland (see my post from June). CCIQ’s media release … Continue reading

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Townsville ABC radio interview on GST

The GST debate continues, with much attention focused on the regressive nature of the GST. That is, because poorer households typically consume higher fractions of their incomes than richer households, they pay proportionally more of their incomes in GST. Hence … Continue reading

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HSBC’s Paul Bloxham to discuss services sector in time of no ordinary disruption

I am very much looking forward to the presentation in Brisbane next Wednesday by HSBC’s Paul Bloxham, on Australia’s next growth driver: The rise of the services sector, to the Queensland branch of the Economic Society of Australia, of which … Continue reading

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Tax mix switch to GST desirable and inevitable

I’m very pleased the Turnbull Government is pushing to raise more money from the GST, as this would allow cuts to more inefficient taxes such as income tax and stamp duty, and would be good for productivity and economic growth. … Continue reading

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