Category Archives: Tourism

Travel bubble great news for Qld’s 200,000 NZ-born

As Queensland Premier Palaszczuk pointed out yesterday on social media following the announcement of the travel bubble with New Zealand, Queensland has the largest number of NZ-born people in Australia. Indeed, according to the 2016 Census, Queensland had 201,200 NZ-born … Continue reading

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Qld’s economy definitely fared better than Victoria’s which suffered badly from Stage 4 restrictions

Weirdly, CommSec’s latest State of the States report ranked Victoria in 3rd place and Queensland in 5th place, even though Queensland’s economy has definitely fared much better during the pandemic than Victoria’s. In my Thursday post I discussed how silly … 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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Bad news for Qld tourism as border restrictions being re-imposed

Just a few weeks ago, the Queensland Premier was telling Sydneysiders she wants them to come to Queensland, but now they need a COVID test on arrival and need to isolate until they’re cleared, as the state tightens the border … Continue reading

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ABC PM comment on border closure cost – Qld tourism worried about loss of interstate visitors over Christmas season

I spoke with the ABC’s Rachel Mealey yesterday afternoon about Queensland’s increasingly difficult-to-justify border restrictions, particularly about the ongoing cost to Queensland’s tourism sector, which is concerned it will miss out on interstate visitor spending it desperately needs over the … Continue reading

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Defence should never have been on the Qld-NSW border in the first place

Earlier this month, I was shocked when I landed in Bundaberg and was greeted by a police officer wanting to check I was a Queensland resident, but I guess I would have been even more shocked if I tried to … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the New Normal – latest podcast episode

Regarding a new normal in a post-COVID world, in the June 2020 issue of Monocle magazine, the Editor Tyler Brule wrote: We don’t want a heavy handed ‘new normal.’ We want people to act responsibly but we also want families, … Continue reading

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Catch up on COVID-19 with Joe Branigan

I fear that the draconian stage 4 restrictions in Victoria and Queensland’s re-imposition of the hard border with NSW are over-the-top, disproportionate policy responses that will cause unwarranted economic and social harm, both short and long-term. Earlier today, I chatted … Continue reading

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Qld’s regional economies & COVID-19 – video chat with Pete Faulkner

Earlier today I chatted with Pete Faulkner from Far-North-Queensland-based Conus Business Consultancy Services regarding how Queensland’s regional economies have been impacted by COVID-19. Check out the recording of our Zoom conversation below. You can download the slides we chatted about … Continue reading

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Best coronavirus response advice offered by Austan Goolsbee & Dr Norman Swan

The best economic advice I’ve heard during the coronavirus threat is that offered by Austan Goolsbee, former Council of Economic Advisers Chair under President Obama. In a recent NPR Planet Money podcast Medicine for the Economy, which is compulsory listening, … Continue reading

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