Category Archives: Arts

Courier-Mail’s Paul Syvret on my “coldly commercial prism”

Thanks to the Courier-Mail’s Paul Syvret for quoting my last post in his Saturday opinion piece on the proposed new 1,500 seat theatre for Brisbane (see Opinion: New inner-city theatre would be a boost for Brisbane, which may be behind … Continue reading

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New 1,500 seat theatre would likely be a waste of taxpayers’ money

The Queensland Government is commissioning a relatively large business case, at a cost of $1.3 million, for a new 1,500 seat theatre for Brisbane, but it is likely there can be no plausible business case, because the theatre would be a … Continue reading

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Recommended reading on Keynes as a Universal Man

One of the best books of the year is Richard Davenport-Hines’s Universal Man: The Seven Lives of John Maynard Keynes. These seven lives are: altruist, boy prodigy, official, public man, lover, connoisseur and envoy. The book emphasises Keynes as a … Continue reading

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Ticket scalping crack down unnecessary and undesirable

Some unnecessary and undesirable interference in the natural workings of markets was supported by a Queensland parliamentary committee on major events last week (see the Major Events Bill report). It appears the Government is proposing to extent current laws that … Continue reading

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High Australian dollar has wide-ranging impacts – e.g. on CSR & local production of foreign films

The high Australian dollar has been linked to job losses at CSR, according to an AAP report (CSR blames cuts and plant closure on currency). There is no doubt the high Australian dollar is having profound impacts on a number … Continue reading

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Government should resist subsidising Disney Nemo film – no long-term benefit to Qld

The Queensland Government should refuse to contribute money to attract the filming of Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to the Gold Coast (see the news report Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt could film a movie in Australia). The previous … Continue reading

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Government was right to cut funding to Literary Awards

Given that the Literary Awards went ahead without government assistance, and that a number of awards went to authors from outside Queensland such as Frank Moorhouse (as reported in the Courier-Mail this morning), the Government’s decision earlier this year to … Continue reading

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