Tag Archives: cba

Digital Minimalism calls for cost-benefit analysis of social media apps & digital tools

On the 612 ABC Brisbane Drive program yesterday afternoon, host Steve Austin suggested to Education Minister Grace Grace that increasing use of laptops, tablets, and smartphones could be behind declining NAPLAN scores for writing over the last decade.  Steve noted … Continue reading

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Joe Branigan’s award winning paper on the correct use of CBA and economic impact analysis

Congratulations to my old friend and fellow Queensland economist Joe Branigan of SMART Infrastructure Facility for his award-winning paper on assessing the value of regional public infrastructure (see photo below). In his paper, published in the Australasian Journal of Regional … Continue reading

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Frustrated Qld industry peak bodies (e.g. AgForce, QRC) want greater consultation post-election

Last Sunday, five prominent Queensland industry peak bodies—AgForce, the Property Council, QRC, QTIC and Timber Queensland—issued a joint election platform Driving Queensland’s Economic Growth. It was extraordinary that such a diverse collection of peak bodies were motivated enough and could … Continue reading

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Queensland Parliament Question Time featuring my Cross River Rail post

Thanks to local citizen journalist David Marler, @Qldaah, for his tweet yesterday afternoon which alerted me to the Question Time debate on Cross River Rail in the Queensland Parliament, in which my post from yesterday morning was quoted a few … Continue reading

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Upcoming lecture on whether Australia should have a Royal Commission into banking

Last month in Perth, at the WA Local Government Association Convention, I was lucky enough to hear a speech by former Australian Chief of Army David Morrison, in which he asked what comes to mind when you hear the words … Continue reading

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Weekly highlights: BDO Economic & Political Update and ESA Qld-Nine Squared CBA seminar

It was a fantastic week to be an economist in Brisbane, with two excellent events, the BDO Economic & Political Update on Tuesday morning at BCEC and the ESA Qld-Nine Squared seminar on Cost-benefit analysis in contemporary project evaluation at … Continue reading

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XRR business case should be released in full to give public comfort it is value for money

Yesterday, the Queensland Government sent the Federal Government the business case for the $5 billion Cross River Rail (XRR) project, but alas it has only provided the public with an inadequate, opaque four-page (not counting the cover page) summary of … Continue reading

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