Go Brisbane! My comments in today’s Courier-Mail on Brisbane’s economic future

Well done to the Courier-Mail for reviving its “Go Queensland” campaign, this time with a focus on Brisbane, which today’s front page is labeling as the “City of Dreams.” Today’s paper features excellent articles (which are pay-walled, sorry) by demographer extraordinaire Bernard Salt, Future Brisbane, and the Courier-Mail’s own Paul Syvret, Greater Brisbane economy to become as big as NZ. I had a nice wide-ranging chat with Paul last Thursday and I’m very happy that many of my comments have been included in his article today. For example:

According to independent economist Gene Tunny “the one unavoidable trend is demographic change … what we will see is a continuing expansion of aged and health care, combined with NDIS investment, being a huge driver of employment into the future”.

The other significant ingredient for growth in Brisbane over the next 15 years will be the pace of technological change, and our ability to embrace the advances being made in the tech sphere.

For the rest of my comments, please read the article online.*

Finally, I should also note the growing importance of international education to Brisbane’s economy, which I am constantly reminded of while walking to and from my new office at the Johnson at Spring Hill, a suburb home to two campuses of a major English language training college. Incidentally, the Brisbane City Council appears to be indirectly subsidising this English language training, as the college’s students are heavy users of the free Spring Hill Loop bus operated by BCC. I trust BCC is benefiting from hefty rates bills on the properties utilised by the college.


* Update: It appears I am not directly quoted in the print edition, only in the online version.

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2 Responses to Go Brisbane! My comments in today’s Courier-Mail on Brisbane’s economic future

  1. AtoZ says:

    Hi Gene,

    Isn’t it true that despite often being quoted as such, Bernard Salt is not a qualified demographer? I understand he has a BEd, MA in geography. Therefore, he is more a popular writer?

    I’m personally not too bothered with university qualifications as necessary evidence of competence but when it is in a quantitative science like demography it might, in fact, really impact the quality of the analysis, yes?

    Mr Salt has published popular books that contain demographic content but it seems he is not a demographer as such and some would say this means his analysis should always be taken with a grain of salt?

    Anyway, personally I’ll need higher quality analysis before forgoing my avocado toast to pay up to avoid the paywall. The value of your comments might compensate might I say.

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