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Qld Budget interviews with ABC’s Steve Austin & 4BC’s Ross Greenwood

While chatting with 612 ABC Brisbane’s Steve Austin and fellow interviewee Nick Behrens this afternoon, I almost chuckled when Steve asked me whether this Queensland state budget, in which total debt is projected to head toward $90 billion by 2022-23, … Continue reading

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Qld’s exports to China doubled in less than 2½ years

There was some excellent commentary on the US’s and Australia’s relationships with China on ABC Radio National over the weekend which I can highly recommend: FT’s Martin Wolf interview: Is the US wrong on the trade war? on Saturday Extra … Continue reading

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City of Brisbane Investment Corporation should be shut down

In a victory for transparency, Brisbane ABC reporter Tim Swanston has finally got hold of PwC’s scathing review of Brisbane City Council’s City of Brisbane Investment Corporation, its so-called future fund. I recall discussing the rumoured existence of a damning … Continue reading

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ABC Brisbane radio interview on Qld Councils

I had a nice chat with 612 ABC Brisbane’s Steve Austin on his Drive program yesterday afternoon regarding my most recent post New round of council amalgamations should be considered following Logan & Ipswich sackings. I began by telling Steve … Continue reading

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ABC radio interview on 2019 Budget – why Laurie Oakes is to blame for tight security

I had an enjoyable chat with Craig Zonca and Loretta Ryan on 612 ABC Brisbane this morning regarding the upcoming federal budget, particularly regarding security around the budget. You can hear me from around 48 minutes, 28 seconds into the … Continue reading

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Luckily Qld property prices never reached crazy levels that NSW’s and Victoria’s did – now less room to fall

Michael Janda at ABC News has a good summary of the residential property price data for December quarter published yesterday by the ABS: Australia’s $133 billion property price slide rapidly becoming the worst in modern history This correction has been … Continue reading

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Lessons from the GFC symposium at Griffith’s Ship Inn Function Centre on 7 March

In this final week of January ten years ago, the fifth floor of the Treasury Building in Canberra was a hive of activity. Hard-working Treasury officials, including me, were putting together the 2009 Updated Economic and Fiscal Outlook in which … Continue reading

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