Monthly Archives: October 2017

Comments on Qld state debt to the Courier-Mail

I am quoted in today’s Courier-Mail in an article on Queensland state debt, which for the whole Queensland Government (incl. government-owned businesses) is on its way to over $80 billion (see chart below). The paper reports on the Premier’s failure … Continue reading

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Senator Canavan’s ambitious plan for a State of North Queensland

Senator Matt Canavan, a friend of mine from my Canberra days, is not wasting any time while he is temporarily out of the Cabinet. He is making plans for a new State of North Queensland. With his background as a … Continue reading

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Qld Government wants electricity GOC dividends to do double duty

Yesterday’s media release from the Queensland Premier and Energy Minister on the $2 billion Affordable Energy Plan appears to have been prepared without Queensland Treasury input, as it is very loose in its discussion of the budget impact. The media … Continue reading

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Qld Budget data visualisation from Truii

Brisbane-based data visualisation company Truii has produced an impressive data visualisation of the 2015-16 Queensland Budget: Queensland Government finance data 2015-16 The data visualisation uses open data from the Queensland Government, including a comprehensive data set on contracts and grants. … Continue reading

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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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