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PM puts China’s Aussie thermal coal ban in perspective, but $100M+ annual loss to Qld state budget possible

Prime Minister Scott Morrison did a good job yesterday at putting China’s reported ban on Australian thermal coal into perspective, pointing out Japan is our largest customer for thermal coal, and it takes twice the amount of thermal coal as … Continue reading

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Women and the Budget webinar presented by Griffith Business School

Last Thursday I had a great time moderating a webinar on Women and the Budget hosted by the Griffith Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics. Presenters included Dr Leonora Risse of RMIT who has been a visiting fellow at the … Continue reading

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Qld Budget reveals bigger deficits and a lot more debt than expected

Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick has handed down the long-awaited 2020-21 state budget and it contains bigger deficits and much higher debt over the forward estimates than I expected, with nearly $89 billion of general government debt and around $130 billion … Continue reading

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Coal price crash is bad news for the state budget and future capital investment

Last Friday, John McCarthy at In Queensland reported Budget impacts loom as coal prices plunge to four year lows. Yes, recent falls in the coking coal price to around $US100/t for coking coal must be causing anxiety in Queensland Treasury, … Continue reading

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Women and the Budget – upcoming Griffith-WEN webinar on Thursday 26 November

This Thursday, Griffith Business School and the Women in Economics Network (WEN) are holding a webinar on Women and the Budget, and I’ve agreed to act as Moderator for the webinar. Here’s the event description from the organisers: The economic … Continue reading

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LNP costings interview with Scott Emerson on 4BC

The Queensland LNP Opposition released its election costings yesterday, and I spoke with Scott Emerson on his 4BC Drive program about them later that day. You can listen to our conversation from around 54:00 via: The Scott Emerson Drive Show, … Continue reading

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Chat with 4BC’s Neil Breen on Qld Economic Recovery Plan, travel restrictions, deficits, and debt

Yesterday morning, I spoke with 4BC Breakfast presenter Neil Breen about the Queensland Government’s Economic Recovery Plan, travel restrictions, deficits, and debt. The recording has been published on the 4BC website: What’s in the book? Neil began by asking me … Continue reading

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Chat with Joe Branigan on LNP’s New Bradfield Scheme and 5% jobless target and Labor’s $600M Council cash splash

Yesterday afternoon I caught up with my good friend and former Treasury colleague Joe Branigan to chat about the upcoming Queensland election, and you can listen to our wide-ranging conversation via the player/link below. Among other issues, we chatted about … Continue reading

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My Courier-Mail comments on Qld Economic Recovery Plan and lack of Budget transparency

Yesterday afternoon I spoke with Courier-Mail journalist Michael Wray about the depressing nature of the state election campaign, which is being held without a full set of budget forward estimates having been published by the Queensland Government. I’m grateful to … Continue reading

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Frydenberg’s won’t-die-wondering Budget

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered a strong speech tonight in handing down what I’d label as his won’t-die-wondering budget, or possibly as the Nixon-goes-to-China budget, a federal budget with an expected current financial year deficit of $214 billion and projected total … Continue reading

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