Tag Archives: coronavirus

Economic impact of COVID-19 – upcoming QUT/QAAS webinar

I’m a panellist on an upcoming webinar on Friday 22 May on The economic impact of COVID-19 and the likely short and long run economic impacts of the policy responses to it. The webinar is free and is part of … 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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State and regional unemployment rates in this time of COVID-19 with Pete Faulkner

Mission Beach-based economist Pete Faulkner from Conus Consulting has been in the news recently with his estimates of the massive adverse impacts that measures to combat coronavirus are having on Queensland’s regional economies (e.g. see the InQueensland report Jobless numbers … Continue reading

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Highlights of recent coronavirus-related podcast episodes

In my latest Economics Explained podcast episode, I review some of the big issues covered in recent episodes on coronavirus. Brisbane-based businessman Tim Hughes of Urban Ergo and I react to excerpts of recent episodes and discuss the important policy … Continue reading

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Catch up with CCIQ Chief Economist on dreadful business conditions & huge budget deficits

Yesterday afternoon I caught up with CCIQ Chief Economist Dr Marcus Smith for a phone interview on the coronavirus-induced recession/mini-depression, and you can listen to the recording here: Highlights include: 3:50 – discussion of forecasts for double-digit unemployment rates in … Continue reading

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Qld public service freeze – my Courier-Mail comments

Well done to the Courier-Mail’s Steven Wardill for his scoop on the Queensland public service hiring freeze in today’s paper: Qld public service hiring freeze to rein in budget (pay-walled). I spoke with Steven about the hiring freeze yesterday afternoon … Continue reading

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Radical Uncertainty with Prof. John Kay CBE

Radical Uncertainty: Decision making for an unknowable future is a timely new book from eminent British economists Professor John Kay and former Bank of England Governor Lord Mervyn King. I recently interviewed Professor Kay about the book and our conversation … Continue reading

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Bailouts in this time of coronavirus with Dr Dan Mitchell – podcast interview

Industry bailouts by governments have been subject to intense debate in this time of coronavirus, including in Australia where the airline Virgin Australia is in voluntary administration and seeking additional financial support from government. Last weekend, I discussed industry bailouts … Continue reading

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Catch up on COVID-19 with CCIQ Chief Economist Dr Marcus Smith – Qld budget impact

I caught up with CCIQ Chief Economist Dr Marcus Smith earlier today to chat about the latest economic news and the expected impact of the coronavirus shock on the Queensland state budget. You can listen our conversation here: Highlights of … Continue reading

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Paying for the coronavirus rescue measures – Economics Explained EP31 with Joe Branigan

I recorded another Economics Explained podcast episode on coronavirus with my good friend and former Treasury colleague Joe Branigan last night, this time exploring how governments will finance the rescue packages and make up for lost revenue. Here’s a link … Continue reading

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