Monthly Archives: March 2019

Grattan 2019 Budget panel discussion I’m participating in at Qld State Library

I’m really pleased to have been invited to be one of the panelists in the Grattan Institute’s upcoming panel discussion on the 2019 federal budget on the evening of Tuesday 9 April, one week after the budget, at the Queensland … Continue reading

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My question to Chris Bowen on Treasury

Former Westpac CEO David Morgan’s interview with the Financial Review, in which he laments political interference with the Treasury, reminded me that I asked Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen a question at his McKell Institute speech on Wednesday regarding how he … Continue reading

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Qld economy was goosed up by gov’t spending in final quarter of 2018

Australia’s weak 0.2% GDP growth in December quarter has prompted talk of a “per capita recession”, as our economy has now been growing at a slower rate than the population for two consecutive quarters (see this SMH report). The national … Continue reading

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How you can automate ABS data analysis and charting using R – preview of my upcoming course

In my latest video, I demonstrate how I use the freeware programming language R to automate my analysis and charting of economic data, using the December quarter business indicators data published by the ABS yesterday as an example. I am … Continue reading

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Qld construction industry outlook for 2019 discouraging despite #BNE2025 projects

My colleague Nick Behrens from QEAS has published an informative post on the major projects, such as Cross River Rail and Brisbane Live, which will boost construction activity in Brisbane in future years: The BNE 2025 projects represent a renaissance … Continue reading

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