Category Archives: Mining

Coal, climate change, solar & batteries – why Qld Treasury wanted to offload the state’s energy assets

The recent Financial Times report Development bank halts coal financing to combat climate change, reprinted in this morning’s AFR, should prompt some serious long-term thinking from the Queensland government and local governments with regional economies heavily dependent on coal mining, … Continue reading

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Qld regional unemployment rates facet wrap via R

Queensland is such a large and diverse state, with regional economies having vastly different drivers of growth (e.g. tourism in Cairns, mining in Mackay), that it’s often hard to get a sense of how different parts of the state are … Continue reading

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Business counts data show rise of Uber and start ups

Yesterday afternoon, on his 612 ABC Brisbane drive time show (from 1:42:50), Steve Austin interviewed my colleague QEAS Director Nick Behrens on the still relatively weak wages growth figures released yesterday. Nick also covered more positive news regarding the state … Continue reading

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Grant Thornton argues Qld’s gold royalty rate is uncompetitive

Yesterday, at the Resources Discussion Lunch held at the Catchment Brewing Co., West End, attendees reflected on the large financial markets correction that had just occurred, but remained optimistic about the global economy. Resources sector veteran Rob Murdoch was an … Continue reading

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Bold BDO’s vision: half of mining jobs automated by 2020

BDO has published an extraordinary report presenting its vision of a massive uptake of robotics in the mining sector in the next few years. In its Near Future of Mining Report BDO speculates: By 2020, robots will replace more than … Continue reading

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Why is it so? Regional Qld airfares 2-3 times higher than in the city – guest post by Craig Wilson

I am delighted to publish this guest post from my former colleague Craig Wilson, who is now Managing Director of DeltaPearl Partners. Craig will be well known to many readers as a result of his former senior executive position in … Continue reading

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Frustrated Qld industry peak bodies (e.g. AgForce, QRC) want greater consultation post-election

Last Sunday, five prominent Queensland industry peak bodies—AgForce, the Property Council, QRC, QTIC and Timber Queensland—issued a joint election platform Driving Queensland’s Economic Growth. It was extraordinary that such a diverse collection of peak bodies were motivated enough and could … Continue reading

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