Category Archives: Macroeconomy

Auditor-General exposes deep flaws in Queensland’s governance

Queensland’s Auditor-General is having a big week, with the publication of hard-hitting reports into the latest Queensland Health IT bungle (see today’s Courier-Mail) and the Government’s economic response to COVID-19. The report on the economic response revealed a lack of … Continue reading

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Upcoming CIS livestream on Regulation and COVID this Thursday

This Thursday at 10am (AEST) I will appear on a CIS On Liberty livestream with Associate Professor Salvatore Babones (pictured on the thumbnail below) to discuss a forthcoming paper I’ve co-authored on Rationalising Regulation, part of the CIS’s Pandemic to … Continue reading

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Qld’s harsh border policy – a conversation with Joe Branigan

The biggest issue in Queensland right now is our harsh border policy, which I discussed earlier today with my good friend and former Treasury colleague Joe Branigan of Tulipwood Economics. Joe is the co-author with Dr Henry Ergas of the … Continue reading

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Why the world needs economists – latest podcast episode

In my latest podcast episode, I explore what economists do and why the world needs them. I talk about the important roles that economists play in advising on government budget and economic policies and on the feasibility of specific projects, … Continue reading

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Deep recession to be quantified in June qtr National Accounts released tomorrow

Age/SMH Senior Economics Correspondent Shane Wright has written a great summary of the business indicators data released yesterday by the ABS: An economy like 2016 as sales and wages collapse. The business indicators data are pieces of the jigsaw puzzle … 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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Gold Coast and Inner Brisbane the worst affected Qld regions in employment terms

According to the latest regional payroll jobs data released by the ABS today, in early August employment on the Gold Coast was still 6% below the level it was mid-March, before all the major COVID-related restrictions began (see chart below). … Continue reading

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Imperative to avoid bad policy measures like super increase which would set back recovery

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is right to consider delaying the legislated increase in the 9.5% superannuation guarantee rate, which is scheduled to start increasing by half a percentage point each year from 1 July 2021 until it gets to 12%. … Continue reading

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On the record high Gold price in Aug 2020 – podcast discussion with Darren Brady Nelson

In my latest podcast episode on Gold, I discuss the record high gold price of over 2,000 USD/oz. seen in August 2020 with Darren Brady Nelson, Chief Economist of LibertyWorks and a policy advisor at the Heartland Institute.  Note that … Continue reading

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