Category Archives: Health

Upcoming Qld Parliamentary Committee appearance regarding COVID emergency and CHO powers on Friday

I am grateful to the Queensland Parliament’s Health and Environment Committee for inviting me to speak to the Committee this Friday 22 January regarding the Government’s bill to extend the COVID public health emergency and the Chief Health Officer’s extraordinary … Continue reading

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On extension of CHO emergency powers, Griffith legal academic makes scathing submission to Parliamentary Committee

Submissions to the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry into the extension of the COVID-19 public health emergency and the Chief Health Officer’s extraordinary powers have been published on the Parliamentary website. I can highly recommend a brilliant submission from Griffith Associate Professor … Continue reading

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Proposed COVID Royal Commission – great ABC radio interview from Scott Prasser

Dr Scott Prasser, Senior Fellow at the CIS, gave a great ABC radio interview this morning on the proposal from former state Premiers Peter Beattie and Jeff Kennett for a Royal Commission into Australia’s COVID response. For background, check out … Continue reading

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Surely just a matter of time before decriminalisation of cannabis and other drugs

Last Friday, the US House of Representatives passed a law decriminalising cannabis at the federal level. Unfortunately, as noted in this CNN report, the law has very little chance of being upheld by the US Senate, but it was good … Continue reading

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QPC highlights NDIS rollout delay in Qld and failure of public administration

The Queensland Productivity Commission has written a pretty damning draft report (Inquiry into the NDIS market in Queensland) covering the state government’s rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Queensland, even though the Commission buries the lead and doesn’t … Continue reading

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Big questions about Qld Chief Health Officer’s judgment – Premier needs to show leadership

Queensland’s border restrictions with ACT (and arguably with NSW, too) were always a huge over-reaction and the events of yesterday revealed their tragic consequences, with a young woman prevented from attending her father’s funeral, even though the risk of her … Continue reading

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The Triumvirate’s Stratagem cannot stand – guest post by Joe Branigan

Thanks to my old friend and former Treasury colleague Joe Branigan for this guest post on the Queensland Government’s response to COVID-19. Views expressed are Joe’s and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT The Triumvirate’s Stratagem cannot stand … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the New Normal – latest podcast episode

Regarding a new normal in a post-COVID world, in the June 2020 issue of Monocle magazine, the Editor Tyler Brule wrote: We don’t want a heavy handed ‘new normal.’ We want people to act responsibly but we also want families, … Continue reading

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Opening remarks to Qld Parliamentary Inquiry on economic response to COVID-19

Yesterday I was part of a panel of economic experts consulted by the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry into the state government’s economic response to COVID-19. The notes I used for my opening remarks are reproduced below. The proceedings were broadcast via … Continue reading

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Highlights of recent coronavirus-related podcast episodes

In my latest Economics Explained podcast episode, I review some of the big issues covered in recent episodes on coronavirus. Brisbane-based businessman Tim Hughes of Urban Ergo and I react to excerpts of recent episodes and discuss the important policy … Continue reading

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