Monthly Archives: December 2018

Qld less reliant on overseas migration as driver of growth than southern states

Over 2018 I have commented regularly that the Queensland economy is under-performing relative to NSW and Victoria, and this has been reflected in the state’s unemployment rate remaining above 6% while the national rate has fallen toward 5%. It should … Continue reading

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Speech notes from Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next launch, 19 December 2018

Me (Gene Tunny) & Julie from Connor Court at the launch of my new book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next, at Connor Court Book Room, West End, Brisbane Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next Today’s Australian newspaper included the … Continue reading

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Gruen’s Evaluator General agency should be separate from federal Treasury

Last month, federal Opposition assistant treasury spokesman and former ANU economics professor Andrew Leigh backed, in part, Nicholas Gruen’s excellent idea for a federal Evaluator General to oversee the evaluation of Commonwealth programs (see Building a better feedback loop). With … Continue reading

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New Townsville – guest post by Colin Dwyer

I am delighted to publish this guest post by Colin Dwyer of DS Economics on the Townsville economy’s improving prospects. The views expressed are Colin’s and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT New Townsville In this essay Founder … Continue reading

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Recommended reading: This is Marketing by Seth Godin

Last month, at the ESA-Griffith-QUT-UQ Economics Summer School held at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Griffith University Senior Lecturer Andreas Chai gave a fascinating presentation on his research on consumption patterns. Here are the important points from Andreas’s report for UNIDO on … Continue reading

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Coal, climate change, solar & batteries – why Qld Treasury wanted to offload the state’s energy assets

The recent Financial Times report Development bank halts coal financing to combat climate change, reprinted in this morning’s AFR, should prompt some serious long-term thinking from the Queensland government and local governments with regional economies heavily dependent on coal mining, … Continue reading

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ABC radio interviews on Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next & Qld Gov’t MYFER

Earlier today I spoke with Steve Austin on his 612 ABC Brisbane Drive program about the Queensland Government’s Mid Year Fiscal and Economic Review and my recently published book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next. While the state government today reported … Continue reading

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