Category Archives: Mining

Deloitte highlights trade tensions with China and lower commodity prices as risks to Qld recovery

According to today’s Courier-Mail, Deloitte’s new Business Outlook report highlights the risks to Queensland’s economic recovery from lower commodity prices and trade tensions with China affecting our commodity, tourism, and education exports. Deloitte also rightly mentions the risk to the … Continue reading

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Australia’s (and Qld’s) climate change policy predicament

Yesterday, the Financial Times published a blistering op-ed by its Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator Gideon Rachman: Australia is no longer the lucky country (NB pay-walled). It is one of the best summaries of Australia’s current predicament over climate change I’ve … Continue reading

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Huge opportunities for Australian businesses in India says Jim Varghese

My research assistant at Adept Economics Ben Scott and I have prepared a short article on a recent talk Jim Varghese AM gave to the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) on Getting down to the business of increasing trade … Continue reading

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Rates applied to commercial properties by councils frequently lacking in rationality & justification

The Property Council of Australia (QLD) and the Queensland Resources Council have recently released a study Nick Behrens from QEAS and I did for them earlier this year on local government rates paid by non-residential property owners. The study revealed … Continue reading

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Qld private sector CAPEX is disappointing – CCIQ’s Dan Petrie is spot on in today’s Courier-Mail

Today’s Courier-Mail reports some punchy comments from CCIQ spokesman Dan Petrie regarding the news that Queensland has the highest number of bankruptcies in Australia: CCIQ spokesman Dan Petrie said the level of private sector investment in the state had fallen … Continue reading

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The deteriorating global outlook & Qld’s mining regions – initial thoughts

Each passing week I’m becoming more concerned about the global economic outlook and what it means for us here in Queensland, given that the strength of our resources sector is closely related to the strength of the global economy. My … Continue reading

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Cash is king – Seth Godin’s latest podcast episode “Money flows”

Seth Godin’s latest Akimbo podcast episode Money flows is a lucid introduction to the importance of cash flow for business health. Even businesses that appear to be thriving can get into trouble due to the gap between the commencement of … 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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Trad right on thermal coal – Qld should prepare for possible future decline of industry

Queensland Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad is quoted in the Courier-Mail today on the future of thermal coal in Queensland: QUEENSLANDERS working in thermal-coal mines should start reskilling now to prepare for the decline of the industry, according to … Continue reading

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Economic impacts of the North & North West Qld floods – Initial views

All week we have been hearing the awful news about all the dead cattle in North and North West Queensland as a result of the recent floods. An estimate of around half a million dead cattle has been suggested, although … Continue reading

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