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CommSec’s weird assessment of Victoria’s economic growth as leading the nation in State of the States

This afternoon, Australian Institute for Progress Executive Director Graham Young alerted me to his conversation with 612 ABC Brisbane host Steve Austin and McKell Institute Executive Chair Rachel Nolan yesterday on Steve’s Drive program (from around 2:26:30) regarding the CommSec … Continue reading

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JobKeeper has been stimulating in multiple ways – evidence from Lush Marcoola

Well done to Matty Holdsworth from the Sunshine Coast Daily for some excellent reporting on the Lush Marcoola brothel which was re-printed in today’s print edition of the Courier-Mail on p. 47: YOUNG men cashed up on JobKeeper payments kept … Continue reading

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Need to improve Qld’s COVID decision making after unreasonable Greater Brisbane lockdown

The Queensland Government needs to improve its COVID decision making process after the absurd three-day Greater Brisbane lockdown, which thankfully wasn’t extended beyond 6pm last night. ANU Professor Peter Collignon yesterday criticised the lockdown on 2GB radio, as reported by … Continue reading

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Thoughts after first full day of Brisbane lockdown

Twenty-seven hours into it, I’m still doubtful about the wisdom of the Greater Brisbane lockdown, especially on a day when no new COVID community transmission cases were announced, and on a day when, bizarrely, our Premier appeared to celebrate her … Continue reading

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Brisbane Lockdown 2.0 – the sequel no one wanted

To keep Queenslanders safe, our state government has decided to lock down the over2 million residents of Greater Brisbane for the next three days, but its sudden, unexpected announcement at 8am sparked immediate panic buying in our supermarkets, and an … Continue reading

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Post Corona by Scott Galloway is recommended reading

The best commentator on what the post-Corona business world will look like is arguably NYU Stern Business School Professor Scott Galloway, an entrepreneur turned professor and YouTuber who GQ has labelled “Gordon Gecko with a social conscience”. I’ve recently read … Continue reading

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COVID compared with wartime economic impacts – my latest podcast episode

The latest episode of my Economics Explored podcast features a conversation on whether COVID can be compared to wartime. The episode considers the different scales and scopes of the shocks, and what it all means for prospects for economic recovery. In … Continue reading

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Proposed COVID Royal Commission – great ABC radio interview from Scott Prasser

Dr Scott Prasser, Senior Fellow at the CIS, gave a great ABC radio interview this morning on the proposal from former state Premiers Peter Beattie and Jeff Kennett for a Royal Commission into Australia’s COVID response. For background, check out … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve post-6pm public holiday should have been repealed in this year of COVID

A prominent Brisbane man about town and long-time QEW reader has reminded me that last year I posted on the ridiculous Christmas Eve half-day public holiday, and he said that it was particularly costly in this year of COVID. Here’s … Continue reading

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The book for 2020: Lives of the Stoics by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

Many Queenslanders would have been terrified about the possibility of a re-imposition of border restrictions when they learned about the new NSW community-acquired COVID case, but, thankfully, Acting Premier Steven Miles has told us all is good for now, and … Continue reading

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