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Australia’s upcoming mini-Budget

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will hand down a mini-Budget this Thursday, and it’s coming just in time, given the growing concern over the spread of COVID-19 in Victoria and NSW. I recorded a video earlier today with some thoughts on … Continue reading

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State gov’t economic responses to COVID-19 podcast episode

In my latest podcast episode, I elaborate on my opening remarks to the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry on the state government’s economic response to COVID-19 on Monday. Among other things, I mention Joe Branigan and Henry Ergas’s new Menzies Research Centre … Continue reading

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Opening remarks to Qld Parliamentary Inquiry on economic response to COVID-19

Yesterday I was part of a panel of economic experts consulted by the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry into the state government’s economic response to COVID-19. The notes I used for my opening remarks are reproduced below. The proceedings were broadcast via … Continue reading

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Australian coverage of my upcoming Qld Parliamentary Inquiry appearance

Thanks to Sarah Elks for her story in The Australian today regarding my upcoming appearance at the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry into the state government’s economic response to the pandemic: Coronavirus: Queensland’s small-business grants ‘are a waste of money’ First, I … Continue reading

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Upcoming Qld Parliamentary COVID-19 Inquiry appearance

Next Monday I’ll be appearing, via Zoom, at a public hearing of the Queensland Parliament’s Inquiry into the Queensland Government’s economic response to COVID-19. I’m a member of a Panel of Economic Experts which also includes UQ Professor John Quiggin, … Continue reading

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Deloitte highlights trade tensions with China and lower commodity prices as risks to Qld recovery

According to today’s Courier-Mail, Deloitte’s new Business Outlook report highlights the risks to Queensland’s economic recovery from lower commodity prices and trade tensions with China affecting our commodity, tourism, and education exports. Deloitte also rightly mentions the risk to the … Continue reading

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Qld needs new Treasurer and budget update

The Sunday Mail Editorial is calling for a new Queensland Treasurer to be appointed to replace Jackie Trad, who has had to temporarily stand aside during a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation into her conduct, this time relating to the … Continue reading

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Gov’t faces huge funding challenge as it puts economy on life support

The federal government’s latest rescue measure, the JobKeeper Payment, estimated to cost $130 billion, may well be justifiable, given social distancing measures have shut down large parts of the economy for an indeterminate period, and I recognise the need to … 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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Sluggish economy & lower coal prices could put Qld gov’t in operating deficit

The mid-year budget update from the Queensland Government later this month will no doubt contain economic and fiscal forecasts with substantial downward revisions, owing to a weaker national economy and lower coal prices. The state budget forecast a hard coking … Continue reading

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