Category Archives: Transport

Second GC motorway should have been built decades ago – BODBTN extract

It was good to see in a media statement yesterday the state government’s commitment to a second M1: The Palaszczuk Government’s economic recovery plan will be significantly boosted with a $755 million commitment to build the 16-kilometre stage one of … 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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Dynamic pricing economics & ethics podcast discussion

My latest podcast episode is on the economics and ethics of dynamic pricing, as used by Uber and airlines among other businesses. I spoke yesterday with Ben Scott, Research Officer at my business Adept Economics, and you can listen to … Continue reading

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Cross River Rail cost blowout means project doesn’t stack up

Based on recent Courier-Mail reports of a huge cost blowout, the Cross River Rail project could deliver a net loss to the community of around $5 billion, or almost $1,000 for every Queenslander.  The latest news about the troubled Cross … Continue reading

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How much land value uplift could Trad expect from Cross River Rail?

Queensland Deputy Premier-Treasurer Jackie Trad is facing a serious political crisis, after she delayed in declaring her husband purchased an investment property that could potentially be worth tens of thousands of dollars more as a result of the award of … Continue reading

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Trad’s Cross River Rail & state budget plans wrecked by Coalition victory

Queensland Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad and her senior Treasury officials will be vexed by the implications of the shock federal Coalition victory yesterday for Cross River Rail funding and the state budget. I expect Trad and state Treasury … Continue reading

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Deficient Qld state public administration is a major theme of my new book

Sadly, Queenslanders are getting accustomed to regular stories of failures of state public administration, with two major stories this week. We have learned about the $250 million digital hospitals program cost blow out and the results of the inquiry into … Continue reading

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Business counts data show rise of Uber and start ups

Yesterday afternoon, on his 612 ABC Brisbane drive time show (from 1:42:50), Steve Austin interviewed my colleague QEAS Director Nick Behrens on the still relatively weak wages growth figures released yesterday. Nick also covered more positive news regarding the state … Continue reading

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Why is it so? Regional Qld airfares 2-3 times higher than in the city – guest post by Craig Wilson

I am delighted to publish this guest post from my former colleague Craig Wilson, who is now Managing Director of DeltaPearl Partners. Craig will be well known to many readers as a result of his former senior executive position in … Continue reading

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Quiggin calls for economically sensible road charges in outstanding Colin Clark Lecture

UQ’s Professor John Quiggin was only called upon Wednesday to fill in for an ill Richard Holden at the annual Colin Clark Lecture at Brisbane’s old Customs House yesterday morning, but nonetheless he managed to deliver an outstanding presentation titled: … Continue reading

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