Monthly Archives: September 2017

UQ student’s Treasury prize winning essay highlights benefits of competition & free trade

The Australian Treasury yesterday announced the winner of its inaugural essay competition, and the award went to University of Queensland Economics student Elizabeth Baldwin, who incidentally also won the RBA/Economic Society of Australia essay prize last year. The essay question … Continue reading

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My comments on possible NRL Grand Final at Suncorp in today’s Courier-Mail

I am quoted in today’s Courier-Mail story Queensland in talks to host NRL Grand Final at Suncorp in $10 million boost to the economy: MORE than $10 million could be injected into the Queensland economy if the state hosted an … Continue reading

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Courier-Mail & 612 ABC Brisbane media this week regarding jobs growth & small business

Today’s Courier-Mail features a short piece (on p. 29) “Employment growth best since the GFC” from Daryl Passmore quoting FNQ-based economist Pete Faulkner and me on Queensland’s recent strong employment growth. The Queensland economy has been recovering strongly over the … Continue reading

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Bigger is better – small businesses once employed over half of private sector workers but no longer

Ten years ago, small businesses, those with fewer than 20 employees, employed over half of private sector workers in Queensland, but that is no longer the case. This was revealed in an excellent note, Small Business in Queensland, published yesterday … Continue reading

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Unmissable upcoming Lowy Institute Choosing Openness paper launch with Andrew Leigh

Australian Shadow Assistant Treasurer Dr Andrew Leigh will be speaking at the Brisbane launch of his Lowy Institute paper Choosing Openness on the evening of Wednesday 4 October, at the Queensland College of Art in South Brisbane. This looks absolutely … Continue reading

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With One Nation as likely power brokers, expect greater share of Qld Gov’t CAPEX in regions

If I were the Managing Director of an engineering firm, I’d start investigating the availability of office space in Queensland’s regional centres, including Maroochydore, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, and Townsville. I would want the firm well-positioned to win new work from a … Continue reading

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Strong jobs figures for Qld, although much of recent increase was in part-time employment

The August jobs figures released yesterday by the ABS confirmed the Queensland economy is clearly on an upswing and jobs growth is currently strong, with through-the-year growth in employment at 3.7% compared with a national rate of 2.6% (chart 1). … Continue reading

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