Monthly Archives: February 2020

Cross River Rail cost blowout means project doesn’t stack up

Based on recent Courier-Mail reports of a huge cost blowout, the Cross River Rail project could deliver a net loss to the community of around $5 billion, or almost $1,000 for every Queenslander.  The latest news about the troubled Cross … Continue reading

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Gig economy & side hustle business numbers growing strongly

There has been strong growth in the number of gig economy and side hustle businesses in Queensland, according to ABS business counts data published last Thursday (see chart below). Topping the list of industries (at the 4-digit ANZSIC level) by … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship with Prof. Peter G. Klein – latest Economics Explained episode

My latest Economics Explained episode on entrepreneurship featuring Professor Peter G. Klein of Baylor University is now available. Many universities now offer courses in entrepreneurship, as students have been inspired by tech entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. … Continue reading

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Qld definitely not hot – slides from my Hot or Not talk at the Brisbane Club

Thanks to Ross Elliott from APP Property and Infrastructure Specialists for having invited me to present again at his annual Queensland: Hot or Not seminar at the Brisbane Club yesterday afternoon. It’s very clear the Queensland economy, and the broader … Continue reading

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Fifth anniversary of Palaszczuk Gov’t – my comments in today’s Courier-Mail

Courier-Mail State Affairs Editor Steven Wardill has written a great article on where the Palaszczuk Government is placed on its fifth anniversary today, Premier’s support plunges to same level as Bligh bloodbath, in which he quotes me: One of Queensland’s … Continue reading

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Antitrust & “Hipster Trustbusters” with Danielle Wood from Grattan – Economics Explained EP22

The massive market power of the big tech companies, such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon, has prompted a renewed interest in antitrust laws. To discuss antitrust, I invited Danielle Wood from the Grattan Institute on to my Economics Explained podcast, … Continue reading

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CCIQ Coronavirus interview – Chief Economist “very concerned” about potential impacts

The Courier-Mail‘s alarming story on Thursday Coronavirus to cause chaos for Queensland businesses prompted me to get in touch with the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ) to seek a briefing on what they’ve learned from their various information … Continue reading

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