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Qld state finances chat with ABC’s Steve Austin & QEAS’s Nick Behrens

Fellow Queensland economist Nick Behrens and I sat down with 612 ABC Brisbane’s Steve Austin to chat about the latest report from the Auditor-General on Queensland’s state finances. Of course, COVID is the big story since March last year, but, … Continue reading

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ABC radio story on Hollywood blockbusters crowding out local productions featuring David Williamson and me

When an ABC journalist contacted me a couple of weeks ago about excessive federal and state government subsidies to international film productions such as Thor: Love and Thunder, I mentioned it wasn’t just hard-headed economists like me complaining. Cultural luminaries, … Continue reading

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Chat about the Crown S04 with ABC’s Steven Austin

Yesterday afternoon I had a great chat with 612 ABC Brisbane’s Steven Austin about season 4 of The Crown, specifically about its depiction of Margaret Thatcher, which was a topic of conversation in my last Economics Explored podcast episode. Below … Continue reading

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Surely just a matter of time before decriminalisation of cannabis and other drugs

Last Friday, the US House of Representatives passed a law decriminalising cannabis at the federal level. Unfortunately, as noted in this CNN report, the law has very little chance of being upheld by the US Senate, but it was good … 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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Election campaign debate needed on border and other restrictions

The family of a well-known Brisbane businessman has cancelled a Halloween/election night party because there is still a limit on gatherings to 30 people in private residences (see the healthdirect website). Is it still necessary to have this restriction in … Continue reading

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ABC radio interview on Qld state debt & deficits update

At the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Queensland Government’s economic response to COVID-19 on Monday last week, I called for the Government to publish its internal-use estimates of the state budget position and debt, so we don’t have to wait until … Continue reading

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Hollywood grabbing excessive film industry support

The Brisbane Times, in its article Film industry calls for more local support after Hollywood incentive,  is reporting there is some dissatisfaction with the newly announced $400 million of federal government incentives to attract international film and TV productions: Australian … Continue reading

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Fifth anniversary of Palaszczuk Gov’t – my comments in today’s Courier-Mail

Courier-Mail State Affairs Editor Steven Wardill has written a great article on where the Palaszczuk Government is placed on its fifth anniversary today, Premier’s support plunges to same level as Bligh bloodbath, in which he quotes me: One of Queensland’s … Continue reading

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The media & digital disruption – podcast interview with Rebecca Archer

More so than most other industries, the media industry has been subject to digital disruption since the emergence of the internet in the mid-nineties. Indeed, we learned yesterday that Channel 7 in Brisbane is axing three local programs, including Queensland … Continue reading

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