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Women in economics podcast chat with Leonora Risse (RMIT, ex-Harvard Women and Public Policy program)

Earlier this week, I spoke with Australian Women in Economics Network (WEN) chair Dr Leonora Risse, of RMIT and formerly of Harvard’s Women and Public Policy program, about how WEN is promoting greater gender diversity in the economics profession. Leonora’s … Continue reading

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UQ’s brilliant Critical Thinking Project explored in my latest podcast episode

In my latest podcast conversation with Philosophy Professor Deb Brown, I learned about the Critical Thinking Project run out of the University of Queensland. This is much needed in these confusing times, in which no one trusts politicians or traditional … Continue reading

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Lithium and the new energy revolution – my latest podcast episode

The modelling for the Australian Government’s Long-Term Emissions Reduction Plan has been published and, while the report makes bold and arguably fantastic assumptions about future progress, it does contain some very useful information and commentary on various technologies relevant to … Continue reading

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GoMA inequality seminar + Keith DeLacy book launch = awesome upcoming events

I’m honoured to be one of the panellists at an upcoming University of Queensland Global Leadership Series seminar on Poverty and inequality in an age of prosperity. Joining me are former Queensland state Treasurer Tim Nicholls MP, Karyn Walsh AM, CEO … Continue reading

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Decarbonising the Qld economy seminar at HopgoodGanim on 9 November

Decarbonising the economy to address climate change will disproportionately impact Queensland relative to the rest of Australia, particularly given the importance of coal mining to some of our regional economies and to our state Treasury through royalties. I’m holding a … Continue reading

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Senator Canavan explains why he opposes Net Zero by 2050 in my latest Economics Explored episode

In Episode 111 of my Economics Explored podcast, Queensland Senator Matt Canavan explains why he opposes the Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 objective. We have a wide-ranging conversation covering COP26, nuclear energy, hydrogen, China, the US political situation (particularly … Continue reading

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Lockdowns podcast chat with Senator Malcolm Roberts

One thing that has really shocked me during the pandemic is just how heartless, inconsistent, and hypocritical government policy can be, even when it is directed at promoting the greater good. The latest example of that is obviously the Queensland … Continue reading

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The downside of Australia’s isolation strategy

To political leaders, it often seems easier and less risky to stick with current restrictions, and a lesson from history is that government restrictions often last much longer than is justifiable. Hence, four years after the end of the War, … Continue reading

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Qld economy’s growth rate reduced by business CAPEX fall

Queensland had the second lowest rate of State Final Demand (SFD) growth in the first quarter of 2021, according to the March quarter National Accounts published by the ABS yesterday. Queensland’s SFD grew at 0.4% compared with a national average … Continue reading

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Surge in new houses and reno’s offset by slump in non-residential construction in Qld

The ABS’s preliminary estimates of construction activity for March quarter are discouraging for Queensland, with an overall fall of 1.7% since December quarter in seasonally adjusted terms (see chart below). In contrast, construction work done increased by 2.4% nationwide. NSW … Continue reading

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