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Gutsy submission from Joe Branigan to regional decentralisation inquiry questioning inquiry’s rationale

The Australian Parliament is currently undertaking an inquiry into regional development and decentralisation, but the inquiry’s rationale has been brought into question by a brilliant submission from SMART Infrastructure Facility Senior Research Fellow (and occasional QEW contributor) Joe Branigan titled: … Continue reading

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2017-18 Federal Budget Wish List – guest post from Nick Behrens

I am delighted to publish this guest post on the upcoming federal budget from Nick Behrens, Director at Queensland Economic Advocacy Solutions. GT 2017-18 Federal Budget Wish List by Nick Behrens According to business groups the 2017-18 Federal Budget should … Continue reading

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Interview with ABC Radio’s Steve Austin on “The time Australia’s Treasury almost ran out of money”

I had a nice chat with 612 ABC Brisbane’s Steve Austin last Friday morning regarding my time in the Australian Treasury, particularly during the financial crisis in 2008-09, and focusing on what he described as: The time Australia’s Treasury almost … Continue reading

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NAIF $900M loan to Adani for mega-mine rail line is far from a first best solution, possibly second or third best

As a former Treasury official and long-time critic of industry assistance, I’m sympathetic to the Federal Opposition’s criticism of the expected $900 million soft loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to Adani for the rail line to its … Continue reading

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Weekend reading: CIS Policy mag featuring my article on film industry subsidies, available at good newsagents

If you’re looking for something to read this weekend, you could try the latest issue of the Centre for Independent Studies’ magazine Policy, which includes some excellent feature articles. These include an article on the worrying levels of public debt … Continue reading

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Qld’s lacklustre population and jobs growth have gone hand in hand over the current decade

Queensland’s population, now at around 4.9 million, increased 1.4% in the year to 30 September 2016, a growth rate slightly below the national growth rate of 1.5%, but significantly below Victoria’s stand-out growth rate of 2.1% (Chart 1 based on … Continue reading

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Qld economy not generating enough jobs for uni, VET & school leavers

Market economists do not appear too concerned about the new ABS jobs figures released yesterday showing the national unemployment rate increased to 5.9% in February from 5.7% in January. There is a recognition that there is a lot of noise … Continue reading

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