Category Archives: Budget

Qld has gained $7 billion from GST revenue redistribution since 2000-01

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the forthcoming Australian Institute for Progress (AiP) discussion paper on the “golden handcuffs of federation” by well-known Queensland economist Dr John Fallon. Based on the blurb for the August 15 discussion paper launch, … Continue reading

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Upcoming AiP event on “The golden handcuffs of federation”

The Australian Institute for Progress, a Brisbane-based conservative think tank, has a very interesting upcoming event on what some may consider the rather dry topic of horizontal fiscal equalisation, the complex methodology by which the Commonwealth Grants Commission determines each … Continue reading

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States across Australia borrow to build – my recent state debt commentary

I’ve been talking a lot about Queensland state debt lately, including with the Infrastructure Association of Queensland’s Funders Taskforce on the morning of Friday 19 July. The main points I made were as follows. Queensland’s gross state government debt, on … Continue reading

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Qld Budget & Beyond event with Tony Makin, Judith Sloan & me on 18 July

I’m looking forward to participating in the Australian Institute for Progress’s upcoming Queensland Budget and Beyond event at Jones Lang LaSalle in Central Plaza One in Brisbane CBD on Thursday 18 July: Come to this analysis and networking event and … Continue reading

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Brisbane Club presentation on Qld economy & latest Value of the Census post at the Mandarin

Last Friday, I presented my thoughts on the economic outlook and the recent Queensland state budget at the Brisbane Club. I highlighted the positives (e.g. resource exports, international education) and negatives (e.g. low business confidence and subdued business investment across … Continue reading

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Qld Budget interviews with ABC’s Steve Austin & 4BC’s Ross Greenwood

While chatting with 612 ABC Brisbane’s Steve Austin and fellow interviewee Nick Behrens this afternoon, I almost chuckled when Steve asked me whether this Queensland state budget, in which total debt is projected to head toward $90 billion by 2022-23, … Continue reading

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Trad’s Cross River Rail & state budget plans wrecked by Coalition victory

Queensland Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad and her senior Treasury officials will be vexed by the implications of the shock federal Coalition victory yesterday for Cross River Rail funding and the state budget. I expect Trad and state Treasury … Continue reading

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