Author Archives: Gene Tunny

Rookwood Weir business case should be re-worked – first one suggested it’s a poor project, though

Building a downsized 54,000 ML Rookwood Weir in Central Queensland, as the state government is now proposing following an estimated cost blowout, doesn’t appear sensible to me, as agricultural use of the water is critical to the project’s viability, and … Continue reading

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Economics of apartment living podcast discussion with Dr Stephen Thornton

I’ve just published a new Economics Explained episode in which I interview regular QEW contributor Dr Stephen Thornton on the economics of apartment living: Economics Explained episode 2 – Economics of apartment living Issues discussed include: drivers of rising incidence … Continue reading

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QPAC/QTIX to trial Uber-style surge pricing to boost revenue

While trawling through the dozens of documents tabled online by the state government yesterday, I noticed the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) is investigating airline/Uber-style dynamic or “surge” pricing to boost revenue and presumably to make it less dependent on … Continue reading

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Lowest confidence in six years – not a happy Friday in Qld

Earlier this year I encountered some resistance at various presentations I gave on the gloomy outlook for the Queensland economy, but I suspect I wouldn’t get much push back now. Today, the Courier-Mail is reporting on its latest YouGov poll results: CONFIDENCE … Continue reading

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Qld Gov’t public service bonus demonstrates ongoing relevance of Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next

The Queensland Government’s $1,250 bonus for public servants, estimated to cost $250 million in total, is being poorly received outside of the public service. Many people consider that public servants are already well remunerated and that the state government still … Continue reading

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Let’s have Brisbane Festival retail trading hours all year round

Accustomed as I am to Queensland’s over-regulated economy, I was surprised the other week when shopping at the Spring Hill Woolworths to find out it has extended trading hours during the current Brisbane Festival season, which culminates in the River … Continue reading

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Economics of infrastructure interview with Craig Lawrence of Lytton Advisory

I spend much of my spare time listening to podcasts, including EconTalk, Planet Money, and the Tim Ferriss Show among others, and I’ve often thought it’s about time I start my own podcast. Over the last month or so, I’ve … Continue reading

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