Monthly Archives: March 2016

Qld Jobs Growth Summit timely, but needs to be more than a talkfest

Queensland’s under-performing economy was illustrated by job vacancies data for February released by the ABS today (see chart above). While vacancies have grown strongly over the last twelve months nationwide, especially in NSW and Victoria, they have remained flat in … Continue reading

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ABC radio interview on population growth & State income tax proposal

I had an enjoyable chat with Steve Austin on 612 ABC Brisbane radio this morning regarding two topics, Queensland’s underwhelming population growth rate and the State income tax proposal from the Commonwealth Government: Fewer people moving interstate to Queensland The … Continue reading

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“Why economics matters” is the theme of ESA Qld Presidency of Prof. Flavio Menezes

With an upcoming federal election that will feature a contest over tax policy, including negative gearing and whatever proposals the Government announces, Australians should brace themselves for an onslaught of economic arguments. The Government will argue the Opposition’s policy will … Continue reading

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Qld has fallen to 5th place in rate of population growth among States & Territories

The end of the mining boom and broader economic sluggishness have no doubt contributed to Queensland falling to fifth place in terms of population growth among Australian States and Territories (see chart below based on ABS data released on Thursday). … Continue reading

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Is Apple avoiding tax and what should the tax office do about it? Upcoming seminar may have the answers

Prof. Pascalis Raimondos, QUT Business School Earlier this year it was revealed that “Apple paid $85 million in Australian income tax last year, despite making almost $8 billion in local revenue”, as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald. It has … Continue reading

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Premier should definitely call early Qld election

The Queensland Parliament is currently unmanageable, and it is no wonder the Premier is considering a snap early election in response to the threat from the Katter MPs and Rob Pyne to block the State Budget, as reported in this … Continue reading

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Transparency essential in Building Qld cost-benefit studies of infrastructure projects

Last Thursday morning I attended an excellent breakfast seminar on infrastructure organised by the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI) and hosted by Holding Redlich Lawyers in their Queen St, Brisbane CBD offices. The seminar featured highly informative and … Continue reading

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