Category Archives: Productivity

PC ennui?

Based on its discussion paper for its five year productivity review, the Productivity Commission appears to be suffering from ennui or world weariness. Consider this passage, which the PC has published in bold italics (on p. 17): “The Commission is … Continue reading

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Many accounting & financial services businesses being held back by poor understanding of laws of success

Last Wednesday, at the Brisbane offices of Macpherson Kelley Lawyers, I attended a presentation by Macquarie on its 2015-16 Accounting and Financial Services Benchmarking Report, which is based on survey data collected from 355 accounting and financial services firms across … Continue reading

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Recommended reading: The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross

Our embattled Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was at least right about the importance of innovation, even if that message did not resonate with voters in Western Sydney, Tasmania and other regions where the Coalition suffered heavy losses. One of the … Continue reading

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Long-run benefits of privatisation are undeniable

Last Friday, in an opinion piece in the Courier-Mail (see image above) that was consistent with its current “Go Queensland” campaign, I re-entered the debate on privatisation: Privatisation, legalising Uber and deregulating trading hours are first steps towards boosting the … Continue reading

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Australia’s Christmas Gifts – Innovation and our Global Financial Standing

Thanks to Michael Willis from Effective Governance for today’s guest post. The Prime Minister’s “Innovation Statement” may or may not prove to be gold, frankincense and myrrh, a Christmas gift for our nation. But like the shepherds arriving with a … Continue reading

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Doubts about capabilities of public servants in contract management worldwide

The Economist last week reported on British Chancellor George Osborne’s ambitious plan to remake the British Government, and it observed (in U-turns and new turns): “By 2020 departments will be too cash-strapped to run things; public administration will be far … Continue reading

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Over 255,000 regulatory requirements imposed on Queenslanders

I was reminded the other day about the massive counting exercise the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) has commission regarding the burden of regulation – an exercise that has found over 255,000 regulatory requirements imposed on Queenslanders across State Government portfolios … Continue reading

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