Category Archives: Queensland Government

Fake privatisation of Titles Registry helping Qld Gov’t pretend it has debt management plan

This post is an early draft of an article I’m preparing for a public finance or public policy journal about the Queensland Government’s accounting trickery regarding the Titles Registry last year. The state government has violated some well-established principles for … Continue reading

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Poorly thought out regulations for Qld reopening

With its poorly thought out regulations surrounding Queensland’s reopening, the state government is providing lots of instructive examples of adverse unintended consequences of regulations. Among other problems, we have had: overstretched COVID testing centres, here and in other states, although … Continue reading

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Gov’t says COVID “enduring emergency” – “temporary” powers will be in place longer than two years

As expected, the Queensland Government has brushed off One Nation MP Stephen Andrew’s e-petition to “Restore Democracy in Queensland”, citing the “enduring emergency” from COVID-19. The Government still claims the emergency powers it gave to the Chief Health Officer in … Continue reading

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Qld Treasury must be very worried about Olympics cost blowout

The Queensland Treasurer is being criticised for not being a team player on the Olympics (e.g. in the Courier-Mail), but what he’s being criticised over is, in my view, Cameron Dick’s finest moment in the job so far. InQld has … Continue reading

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On whether we should follow bad laws + Public Choice podcast chat with Brendan Markey-Towler

Despite the positive messaging from the Queensland Government yesterday, Brisbane’s lockdown has been extended by at least 24 hours, because of two new cases on the south side, causing considerable angst among more than one million people and ruining weddings … Continue reading

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Brisbane inner city and Qld outback get highest Qld Gov’t capital spending per person

Here’s the latest version of a chart I usually prepare following each state budget on Queensland Government capital spending per person by region (i.e. the ABS SA4 regions). The very high per person spending figure for the Queensland outback is … Continue reading

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Qld Gov’t to waste $53M attracting temporary film industry activity

After the Queensland Government was willing to spend $8 million to attract a one-night State of Origin game to Townsville last week, it’s unsurprising it will be willing to spend $53 million attracting film productions providing only temporary economic activity … Continue reading

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Role of Qld Parliament in public finance – upcoming ASPG event on 14 June 21

Thanks to the Queensland chapter of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG) for inviting me to be a panel member at its upcoming event The role of Parliament in public finance on 14 June at Parliament House, Brisbane. My … Continue reading

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Qld Audit Office should have recommended council amalgamations

The Queensland Audit Office’s Local government 2020 Audit Report has identified that 25 Queensland local governments, around one-third of the total, “are at a high risk of not being financially sustainable.” As the QAO hints on pages 21 to 22, … Continue reading

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QPC paper shows state gov’t not doing enough to cut red tape (or prevent its application in the first place)

Last September, Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick announced the Queensland Productivity Commission would be rolled into state Treasury, but that doesn’t appear to have happened yet, and before it does the QPC is doing its best to subtly critique the state … Continue reading

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