Monthly Archives: October 2017

Nostalgia for the car industry won’t bring it back: domestic market too small, labour costs too high

It is the last day of car manufacturing in Australia today, with the final Holden cars to be manufactured at the soon to be shut Elizabeth plant in SA, as reported in the Courier-Mail. It is awful that thousands of … Continue reading

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Qld unemployment rate falls below 6% to 5.9% (in trend terms)

This is just a quick post to update you on the September labour force estimates released by the ABS today: the Queensland unemployment rate has fallen to below 6% in trend terms and is now at 5.9% (see chart below). … Continue reading

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Technological disruption & NQ business – JCU Townsville event on Thursday 26 October

On Thursday next week, I will travel up to Townsville to speak at a Business Professionals Networking Event at James Cook University, along with other professional association representatives, on the topic: The impact of technological disruption and how it will … Continue reading

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Gutsy submission from Joe Branigan to regional decentralisation inquiry questioning inquiry’s rationale

The Australian Parliament is currently undertaking an inquiry into regional development and decentralisation, but the inquiry’s rationale has been brought into question by a brilliant submission from SMART Infrastructure Facility Senior Research Fellow (and occasional QEW contributor) Joe Branigan titled: … Continue reading

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Review of South Brisbane candidate Cameron Murray’s Game of Mates in CIS Policy magazine

Well known UQ economist Cameron Murray yesterday announced his candidacy for the Queensland State seat of South Brisbane, currently held by our formidable Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, who was already under threat from a strong challenge by the Greens’ Amy … Continue reading

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AGL Chief Economist to address ESA Qld on National Electricity Market

As you are no doubt aware, one of the big economic challenges facing Australia at the moment is the high cost of energy. An important aspect of the debate around the cost of energy is the future of the National … Continue reading

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Andrew Leigh’s Choosing Openness – highly recommended reading

On Wednesday evening, at the Queensland College of Art at South Brisbane, I attended the Brisbane launch of Australian Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh’s new book Choosing Openness: Why global engagement is best for Australia. It is a Lowy Institute … Continue reading

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