Author Archives: Gene Tunny

No way Qld Gov’t can cancel 17 December reopening to other states – Omicron be damned

Fortunately, the Queensland Government gave a firm commitment to reopen the state to interstate visitors on 17 December, and I doubt the Omicron variant will force the Government to cancel that reopening. It would wreck the government politically, just as … Continue reading

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Qld reopening proceeding despite state gov’t generating confusion about entry requirements

Queensland tourism operators would have breathed sighs of relief yesterday after it emerged interstate travellers could rely on PCR tests paid for by Medicare to enter the state. This came after some confusion and anxiety generated by the state government … Continue reading

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PM calls jobs boom, RBA warns of crypto crash, and UK inflation highest in 10 years – upcoming livestream

As I’ve been covering on QEW and will discuss on today’s livestream (link above), there’s a lot of exuberance and optimism about the great Aussie reopening, and PM Scott Morrison has forecast a “jobs boom” based on healthy job vacancies … Continue reading

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Tourism operators need Qld Gov’t to continue reopening and not to panic as COVID comes in

There is a lot of excitement about the reopening of Queensland, which can’t come quickly enough, but at least it is actually happening, so long as the Queensland Government holds its nerve and doesn’t reimpose restrictions once COVID cases start … Continue reading

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Lithium and the new energy revolution – my latest podcast episode

The modelling for the Australian Government’s Long-Term Emissions Reduction Plan has been published and, while the report makes bold and arguably fantastic assumptions about future progress, it does contain some very useful information and commentary on various technologies relevant to … Continue reading

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GoMA inequality seminar + Keith DeLacy book launch = awesome upcoming events

I’m honoured to be one of the panellists at an upcoming University of Queensland Global Leadership Series seminar on Poverty and inequality in an age of prosperity. Joining me are former Queensland state Treasurer Tim Nicholls MP, Karyn Walsh AM, CEO … Continue reading

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Billionaire and inheritance taxes podcast chat with Prof. Miranda Stewart

There are growing calls to increase taxes on the wealthy in advanced economies such as the United States and Australia. For instance, US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez controversially wore a white evening dress with the words Tax the Rich written in … Continue reading

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ABS reveals big impact of lockdowns on retail trade + today’s livestream link

Let’s hope the Queensland Government doesn’t impose a lockdown in response to the new cases coming out of Goondiwindi, as the ABS’s estimates of retail turnover for September quarter show us once more the large adverse impact that lockdowns have … Continue reading

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Gov’t says COVID “enduring emergency” – “temporary” powers will be in place longer than two years

As expected, the Queensland Government has brushed off One Nation MP Stephen Andrew’s e-petition to “Restore Democracy in Queensland”, citing the “enduring emergency” from COVID-19. The Government still claims the emergency powers it gave to the Chief Health Officer in … Continue reading

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Decarbonising the Qld economy seminar at HopgoodGanim on 9 November

Decarbonising the economy to address climate change will disproportionately impact Queensland relative to the rest of Australia, particularly given the importance of coal mining to some of our regional economies and to our state Treasury through royalties. I’m holding a … Continue reading

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