Category Archives: Climate change

Top 10 posts from the first 1,000

Yesterday I posted my 1,000th post, and below are links to the most clicked from the first 1,000. Having grown up in Townsville, and knowing the intense debate the issue causes up North, it didn’t surprise me that a post … Continue reading

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Carbon tax repeal good news for Qld economy

I’m very pleased the Senate will allow the repeal of the carbon tax (Carbon tax to be abolished on third attempt), given that: Queensland would have been disproportionately affected due to our heavy reliance on coal-fired power generation; and it never made … Continue reading

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Govt Actuary finds insurers struggling to understand catastrophe risk

North Queensland apartment owners will have to put up with the massive insurance premium increases (e.g. more than 300%) they have experienced in recent years after an Australian Government Actuary report concluded the premium increases most likely reflected the market … Continue reading

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Garnaut to deliver this year’s Colin Clark lecture

In my first public service job, on my way to my desk on the sixth floor of the Neville Bonner Building in Brisbane I’d walk past a photo portrait of Colin Clark, a former head of the Queensland Employment, Training … Continue reading

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Adverse impacts of carbon tax becoming apparent

While a carbon tax would make sense as part of a worldwide effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions – which is clearly a global priority given the mounting evidence on climate change – it makes no sense as a unilateral … Continue reading

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Should Governments promote the development of tropical cities such as Townsville?

I am both proud and somewhat bewildered to read that Townsville, where I was born and spent my first fifteen years, is approaching a population of 200,000 people, as reported in the Townsville Bulletin this morning (Welcome to Townsville: population … Continue reading

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UQ study confirms carbon tax will hit Qld the hardest

A new study from the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute confirms previous modelling from the federal Treasury that Queensland will be hardest hit by the carbon tax and will experience the largest increase in electricity prices (Study sheds light … Continue reading

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