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Better to let the private sector risk money on a new Brisbane theatre

In a November 2015 post New 1,500 seat theatre would likely be a waste of taxpayers’ money, I questioned the desirability of a state government-funded $1.3M business case to investigate a new 1,500 seat theatre for Brisbane. At the time, … Continue reading

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My comments on excessive growth in senior public service jobs in today’s Courier-Mail

Steven Scott from the Courier-Mail has done a terrific job of revealing the huge growth in the senior echelons of the Queensland public service since the change of state government in early 2015 (see Palaszczuk Government’s massive senior public servant … Continue reading

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City of Brisbane Investment Corporation’s peculiar investment philosophy

I have previously been critical of the City of Brisbane Investment Corporation (CBIC), which is owned by the Brisbane City Council, but is becoming a significant property investor and developer, raising all sorts of questions about the risk it is … Continue reading

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Comments on Deloitte’s latest economic outlook for Qld

The latest economic reports from Deloitte and CommSec are out and, no doubt to the disappointment of their respective media officers, are both covered in the same Courier-Mail report this morning by John McCarthy: QUEENSLAND appears to be stuck near … Continue reading

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Des Houghton’s comments on Qld Government’s daily interest bill of $10 million

In an opinion piece published Monday, the Courier-Mail’s Des Houghton rightly highlighted the huge challenge new Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad faces in reining in spending, particularly given the significant burden placed on the budget by the interest on general government … Continue reading

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Courier-Mail & 612 ABC Brisbane media this week regarding jobs growth & small business

Today’s Courier-Mail features a short piece (on p. 29) “Employment growth best since the GFC” from Daryl Passmore quoting FNQ-based economist Pete Faulkner and me on Queensland’s recent strong employment growth. The Queensland economy has been recovering strongly over the … Continue reading

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BWF session considers fake news & economic viability of quality journalism

Yesterday afternoon, Saturday 9 September, I attended a Brisbane Writers Festival panel discussion “The Media in Dangerous Times” at the State Library of Queensland. The topic was “how news organisations are responding to the threat of Fake News and the … Continue reading

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