Category Archives: Housing

Thoughts on Jackie Trad’s interview by Steve Austin on Qld economy

CommSec’s latest State of the States report which was released Monday reported Queensland in fifth position among Australia’s eight states and territories. On Monday afternoon, 612 ABC Brisbane’s Steve Austin interviewed Deputy Premier-Treasurer Jackie Trad on the state of the … Continue reading

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Personal finance with Dr Di Johnson episode of Economics Explained

The latest episode of my Economics Explained podcast explores the very important topic of personal finance. There is growing interest in personal finance, as evidenced by the stellar sales of Scott Pape’s Barefoot Investor book, which gets several mentions in … Continue reading

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Economics of apartment living podcast discussion with Dr Stephen Thornton

I’ve just published a new Economics Explained episode in which I interview regular QEW contributor Dr Stephen Thornton on the economics of apartment living: Economics Explained episode 2 – Economics of apartment living Issues discussed include: drivers of rising incidence … Continue reading

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Worried Master Builders Qld calls for new Building the Education Revolution

Paul Bidwell, Deputy CEO of Master Builders Queensland, has made some extraordinary comments to the Courier-Mail, calling for the federal government to stimulate the construction industry through a new Building the Education Revolution, which was a Rudd Government stimulus measure. … Continue reading

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BCC should consider economic consequences of townhouse ban

Yesterday, Brisbane City Council closed its consultation process for its proposed ban of townhouses and multi-unit developments in areas zoned low-density residential, such as Chapel Hill and Mount Gravatt (e.g. see map below). The YIMBY QLD group, led by Natalie … Continue reading

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Strata ‘Management Rights’ must be reviewed by the Qld Gov’t – guest post by Stephen Thornton

This guest post from my good friend and fellow economist Dr Stephen Thornton is on the costly rort that is strata management rights in Queensland. Views are Stephen’s and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT The front page … Continue reading

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Suncorp-CCIQ Pulse Report reveals “trepidation of a change in the Federal Government” felt by many Qld businesses

In the lead up to the federal election, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has included some bold commentary in its latest Suncorp CCIQ Pulse Survey report (on p. 16): The key factor influencing sentiment within the Queensland … Continue reading

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Luckily Qld property prices never reached crazy levels that NSW’s and Victoria’s did – now less room to fall

Michael Janda at ABC News has a good summary of the residential property price data for December quarter published yesterday by the ABS: Australia’s $133 billion property price slide rapidly becoming the worst in modern history This correction has been … Continue reading

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Qld construction industry outlook for 2019 discouraging despite #BNE2025 projects

My colleague Nick Behrens from QEAS has published an informative post on the major projects, such as Cross River Rail and Brisbane Live, which will boost construction activity in Brisbane in future years: The BNE 2025 projects represent a renaissance … Continue reading

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QEW week that was video – coal, negative gearing & the economic outlook

Posts from me and other commentators mentioned or alluded to in this video include: Housing industry round table with Treasurer Frydenberg at Parliament House Latest Qld wages growth and Qld labour market summary from Nick Behrens WTF happened to BNE-CNS? … Continue reading

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