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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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Weekly wrap up – Aussie reopening, Kiwi inflation, oil and petrol prices, and Bitcoin news

My latest Friday livestream covered: accelerating NZ inflation and the implications for interest rates of accelerating inflation in advanced economies more broadly; the great Australian reopening and booming job vacancies (i.e. as noted by the National Skills Commission “Nationally job … Continue reading

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Livestream on US inflation, Aussie jobs data, and Qld’s low vax rate

Yesterday afternoon I did my first livestream, covering: the growing concern internationally about accelerating inflation, prompted by the latest US CPI figures; the September ABS Labour Force data revealing big drops in hours worked and workforce participation in the locked-down … Continue reading

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Good sign the Great COVID Panic will end in Qld soon

A few weeks ago I observed that it took the NRL Grand Final for the Queensland Government to adopt a more rational approach to the pandemic, and now, thankfully, there are further signs of rationality from the Government, with the … Continue reading

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COP26 chat with Grattan’s Tony Wood – climate change, renewables, nuclear, and coal

In Economics Explored Episode 108, leading Australian energy and climate change policy expert Tony Wood from the Grattan Institute explains what COP26, the 2021 climate change conference in Glasgow, is all about and why it’s important. Tony discusses what “Net Zero … Continue reading

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Hospital funding fight the latest illustration of the big problem with vertical fiscal imbalance in our federation

There is a deep structural problem underlying the current hospital funding fight between the Queensland Premier and the PM, the vertical fiscal imbalance (VFI) between the state’s spending responsibilities and the Commonwealth’s revenue raising powers. The states receive around half … Continue reading

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Pre and post-COVID population projections

I’ve had some readers query the point made in Capricorn Enterprise’s blurb for the upcoming Major Projects Forum regarding the 600k reduction in Australia’s population (relative to the pre-pandemic trajectory) by 2024 (see my post Upcoming Major Projects Forum in … Continue reading

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Upcoming Major Projects Forum in Rockhampton on 28 October 2021

I’m thrilled that I’ve been invited to return to present at Capricorn Enterprise’s Major Projects Forum in Rockhampton on Thursday 28 October. Here’s the blurb: The Capricorn Enterprise Major Projects Forum is the premier project forum in the region, covering … Continue reading

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Super high coal prices will boost royalties and slow the increase in Qld state debt

Back in early August I observed that higher coal prices were helping the Qld economy and state budget in this time of rolling lockdowns. Amazingly, the all important metallurgical or coking coal price has surged even higher since then. There … Continue reading

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Qld population growth and interstate migration gains in perspective

There is much excitement about Queensland having the highest population growth in Australia at the moment (e.g. see the Courier-Mail report ‘Once in a generation boom’ SEQ investment hits $60 billion), although, of course, population growth rates in Queensland and … Continue reading

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