Monthly Archives: January 2021

Qld exports were $21bn lower in 2020 due largely to lower coal and LNG prices

At the launch of the Queensland Premier’s Export Awards in May 2019 at the Tower of Power, 1 William St, I spoke about how Queensland’s exports had soared to record levels over the previous few years, largely as a result … Continue reading

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Unpacking the increase in the unemployment rate since March 2020

In my post last Thursday, I discussed Why Qld’s unemployment rate is highest in nation despite better jobs recovery during pandemic than rest of Australia. I noted a large part of the story was “Queensland’s strong recovery (and over-shooting) in … Continue reading

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JobKeeper has been stimulating in multiple ways – evidence from Lush Marcoola

Well done to Matty Holdsworth from the Sunshine Coast Daily for some excellent reporting on the Lush Marcoola brothel which was re-printed in today’s print edition of the Courier-Mail on p. 47: YOUNG men cashed up on JobKeeper payments kept … Continue reading

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Industry wants changes to Qld CHO emergency powers extension bill

This afternoon, in a hearing of the Queensland Parliament’s Health and Environment Committee, Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) head Daniel Gschwind and CCIQ Policy and Advocacy GM Amanda Rohan both expressed major concerns about the Queensland Government’s bill to extend … Continue reading

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Why Qld’s unemployment rate is highest in nation despite better jobs recovery during pandemic than rest of Australia

When I spoke with Scott Emerson on his 4BC Drive program on Monday (see my Monday QEW post), he asked me how it was that Queensland could possibly have a higher unemployment rate than Victoria given the harsh restrictions they … Continue reading

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Retail is Detail with Bruno Cortigiani of Merlai – my latest podcast episode

Although stimulus payments have helped Australia’s retail sector to a strong recovery in late 2020, the longer-term trend has not been great, and there have been concerns about a so-called Retail Apocalypse in Australia and other advanced economies. To thrive … Continue reading

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Upcoming Qld Parliamentary Committee appearance regarding COVID emergency and CHO powers on Friday

I am grateful to the Queensland Parliament’s Health and Environment Committee for inviting me to speak to the Committee this Friday 22 January regarding the Government’s bill to extend the COVID public health emergency and the Chief Health Officer’s extraordinary … Continue reading

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Chat with 4BC’s Scott Emerson about Qld economic outlook

I had a great chat this afternoon with 4BC Drive program presenter Scott Emerson about the Queensland economic outlook. Among other things, we chatted about the Deloitte Access Economics report which was nicely summarised by the Brisbane Times as ‘Queenslanders … Continue reading

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On extension of CHO emergency powers, Griffith legal academic makes scathing submission to Parliamentary Committee

Submissions to the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry into the extension of the COVID-19 public health emergency and the Chief Health Officer’s extraordinary powers have been published on the Parliamentary website. I can highly recommend a brilliant submission from Griffith Associate Professor … Continue reading

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Line of 200 people for Gaythorne open house evidence of relative lack of suitable properties in Brisbane – partly due to restrictive zoning policies

Historic low interest rates and easy access to housing finance, combined with a relative lack of suitable properties in Brisbane’s middle-ring suburbs due to zoning policies, have combined to create an odd sight at suburban Gaythorne on Brisbane’s North-side today, … Continue reading

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