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National Electricity Market malfunction of June 2022: my latest podcast episode

One of the biggest challenges facing advanced economies is maintaining reliable and reasonably priced electricity as we decarbonise to combat climate change. This year we’ve seen some ominous signs that this may not go well. The war in Ukraine has … Continue reading

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ASPG-Q prize for essay on a parliamentary topic – my suggestions

If you know of any postgraduate students at a Queensland university who are interested in political science, then please pass on the details of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group – Queensland (ASPG-Q) essay prize: ASPG-Q Parliamentary Scholarship Prize flyer.pdf … Continue reading

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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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