Category Archives: Queensland Government

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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Qld frontline police per capita down nearly 4% since 2013-14, PC ROGS report reveals

The number of Police Service operational staff per capita has fallen nearly 4% since 2013-14, from 296 per 100,000 people in 2013-14 to 285 per 100,000 people in 2019-20 (see chart below). That’s according to the very useful and somewhat … Continue reading

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My takeaways from QAO Energy Report: Qld Gov’t should have offloaded energy assets years ago and NEM is dysfunctional

The Queensland Audit Office’s Energy 2020 Financial Report has been making news (e.g. in the Brisbane Times), although not for the same reasons I think it’s important. It demonstrates, to me at least, that Queenslanders are worse off because the … Continue reading

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Qld Premier deserves some criticism, but she’s right to highlight needs of struggling tourism-dependent businesses

The NSW Premier, Sky Australia hosts, and other commentators have been quick to criticise Queensland Premier Palaszczuk over her call for the federal government to extend JobKeeper beyond the end of March for struggling tourism-dependent businesses, particularly those in Cairns … Continue reading

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Qld takeover of Norfolk Island an intriguing prospect

The Courier-Mail has reported the Queensland Government could take responsibility for service delivery on Norfolk Island after NSW has declined to continue doing so, and the state government is currently discussing a potential deal with the Commonwealth. This is an … Continue reading

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Industry wants changes to Qld CHO emergency powers extension bill

This afternoon, in a hearing of the Queensland Parliament’s Health and Environment Committee, Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) head Daniel Gschwind and CCIQ Policy and Advocacy GM Amanda Rohan both expressed major concerns about the Queensland Government’s bill to extend … Continue reading

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Need to improve Qld’s COVID decision making after unreasonable Greater Brisbane lockdown

The Queensland Government needs to improve its COVID decision making process after the absurd three-day Greater Brisbane lockdown, which thankfully wasn’t extended beyond 6pm last night. ANU Professor Peter Collignon yesterday criticised the lockdown on 2GB radio, as reported by … Continue reading

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Thoughts after first full day of Brisbane lockdown

Twenty-seven hours into it, I’m still doubtful about the wisdom of the Greater Brisbane lockdown, especially on a day when no new COVID community transmission cases were announced, and on a day when, bizarrely, our Premier appeared to celebrate her … Continue reading

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Brisbane Lockdown 2.0 – the sequel no one wanted

To keep Queenslanders safe, our state government has decided to lock down the over2 million residents of Greater Brisbane for the next three days, but its sudden, unexpected announcement at 8am sparked immediate panic buying in our supermarkets, and an … Continue reading

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Holiday reading – Qld Upper House discussion paper from the IPA

Obviously a lot has happened this year and it’s easy to miss things when they come out, so I’m glad I’ve finally learned about a paper published by the Institute of Public Affairs in October titled  A Voice for the … Continue reading

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