Monthly Archives: February 2016

Unemployment data confirm Qld economy still in soft patch

Regular readers will know that I have been a bit skeptical about the State Government’s overly optimistic statements regarding the Queensland economy (e.g. see yesterday’s post). The economy has certainly been resilient at the end of the mining boom, but … Continue reading

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Trend is the Treasurer’s friend

The Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt issued an upbeat media release on the Queensland economy yesterday, but I am unsure the Queensland Treasury gross state product (GSP) data he quotes should be interpreted as optimistically as he interprets them. The media … Continue reading

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Negative gearing fine in principle, but capital gains tax discount creates major distortion

The Australian Government is right to be looking at reforming the rules around negative gearing, as the current rules appear to be distorting the market and encouraging excessive borrowing for investment properties (as well as denying the Government significant amounts … Continue reading

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Update on lockout law debate

Rod Bogaards’ recent guest post on the proposed lockout law was quoted by Paul Syvret in the Courier-Mail yesterday in his opinion piece Lockout laws’ knock-on effects need to be weighed. Regarding the proposed law, Syvret noted: The problem is … Continue reading

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Will the lockouts and last drinks regulation work?

Guest post by Rod Bogaards The Queensland Parliament is soon to debate lockout and last drinks legislation. To achieve the objective of reducing alcohol-fueled violence the proposed Queensland legislation needs to pass two tests: Will it be effective in addressing … Continue reading

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QRC right about problem with royalties – does it now support a resource rent tax?

The new State of the Sector report from the Queensland Resources Council confirms the struggling position of the mining sector, and it must have the Queensland Treasury considering further royalties revenue write downs. It also makes me wonder whether the … Continue reading

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Australia Awards workshop on policy making in Bandung

.@AustraliaAwards alumni from @KemenkeuRI meet in #Bandung, workshop ways to strengthen policy making. — Paul Grigson (@DubesAustralia) February 5, 2016 I returned to Brisbane this morning after a week in Indonesia, which I was visiting to help facilitate the post-course … Continue reading

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