Category Archives: Health

Lockdowns podcast chat with Senator Malcolm Roberts

One thing that has really shocked me during the pandemic is just how heartless, inconsistent, and hypocritical government policy can be, even when it is directed at promoting the greater good. The latest example of that is obviously the Queensland … Continue reading

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Why trust science podcast discussion

I expect the Queensland Government will find it very hard to resist the pressure to end border restrictions once we reach the 80% vaccination target, but the report in The Australian today reminds us that even that isn’t guaranteed: Jab … Continue reading

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Cash for Jabs and other incentives for vaccinations against COVID-19

Governments around the world are experimenting with various incentives such as cash and free beer to encourage vaccinations against COVID-19. In episode 100 of my Economics Explored podcast, I chat with Melbourne-based economist and regulatory economics expert Isaac Katz about … Continue reading

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Worthy petitions on Olympics and Restoring Democracy in Qld

Now that Brisbane has won the 2032 Olympics we need to avoid the Winner’s Curse and do our best to deliver it cost-effectively while maximising the benefits and spreading them across Queensland, so the Olympics doesn’t only benefit the promoters, … Continue reading

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Qld CHO’s border advice kept secret – massive failure of governance, record keeping, and transparency

American entrepreneur and podcaster Tim Ferriss has observed that writing can sharpen your thinking. Putting things down on paper, you’re more likely to avoid sloppy thinking and illogical arguments, and you will have to think more carefully about your assumptions, … Continue reading

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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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