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Lowest confidence in six years – not a happy Friday in Qld

Earlier this year I encountered some resistance at various presentations I gave on the gloomy outlook for the Queensland economy, but I suspect I wouldn’t get much push back now. Today, the Courier-Mail is reporting on its latest YouGov poll results: CONFIDENCE … Continue reading

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Retail apocalypse maybe, but no apocalypse in health & education

The so-called Retail Apocalypse is prompting a lot of people to think about how shopping malls and high streets can adjust to the shift toward e-commerce and away from bricks-and-mortar stores. The global head of property for AMP Capital Carmel … Continue reading

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Retail Therapy – recommended reading

I’ve recently discovered that what Nespresso does at its Queen St Mall Boutique, where it offers free cups of coffee to customers in a cafe-style setting, is “Brand Theatre”. I figured this out after reading Retail Therapy, a recently published … Continue reading

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Huge opportunities for Australian businesses in India says Jim Varghese

My research assistant at Adept Economics Ben Scott and I have prepared a short article on a recent talk Jim Varghese AM gave to the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) on Getting down to the business of increasing trade … Continue reading

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Federal & state spending propping up national & state economies

I feel sorry for Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who has the duty of talking up the economy regardless of what the National Accounts data are saying. As you’re no doubt aware by now, the June quarter 2019 National Accounts published by … Continue reading

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Qld construction activity 16% lower than in June quarter last year

Back in February, I depressed several hundred people in the construction and property sectors who heard me speak about the economic outlook at various events around Brisbane (e.g. Qld: hot or not?). It was reasonably clear from building approvals and … Continue reading

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Why is Australia’s workforce participation rate at a record high of 66.1%?

The first episode of the new season of Utopia on the ABC featured the Intergenerational Report, which projects an eventual reduction in the workforce participation rate due to an ageing population. At the moment, however, Australia’s participation rate is actually … Continue reading

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