Category Archives: Macroeconomy

How you can automate ABS data analysis and charting using R – preview of my upcoming course

In my latest video, I demonstrate how I use the freeware programming language R to automate my analysis and charting of economic data, using the December quarter business indicators data published by the ABS yesterday as an example. I am … 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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Qld mining CAPEX up 13% or by over $1 billion in 2018

The December quarter capital expenditure data published by the ABS today have beaten expectations (e.g. see Business investment rebounds in otherwise cooling economy), which means the GDP figures which will be released next week will very likely be better than expected. … Continue reading

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Housing industry round table with Treasurer Frydenberg at Parliament House on Monday 18/2/19

I felt honoured to attend a housing industry round table with federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Assistant Treasurer Zed Seselja at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 18 February 2019. Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened the round table but had … Continue reading

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QEW week that was video – 3/2 to 9/2/19

Earlier today I recorded this wrap up of the past week, in which I discuss my recent economic outlook presentations (with the latest available at the QMCA website), Ken Henry’s resignation as NAB Chair, and Queensland’s state debt, among other … Continue reading

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Qld: hot or not? My presentation at the Brisbane Club on Wednesday 6 February

It was a great day to give an economic outlook presentation, with RBA Governor Philip Lowe announcing a change in monetary policy guidance, from saying the next rate movement would most likely be up, to saying the cash rate may … Continue reading

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Suncorp-CCIQ Pulse Survey confirms decline in business confidence

In my wrap up of last week (see my previous post) I noted that I expected the latest Suncorp-CCIQ Pulse Survey would be discouraging and would counter the optimism of Deloitte Access Economics’s recent business outlook which was cited approvingly … Continue reading

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