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‘Hollywood Australia’ supported by generous tax credits and other government subsidies

The Australian is reporting ‘Hollywood Australia’ a $1.5bn movie blockbuster extravaganza, covering the surge in international film productions such as Thor: Love and Thunder filming in Australia. This is partly related to Australia’s success in managing COVID and also to … Continue reading

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Retail is Detail with Bruno Cortigiani of Merlai – my latest podcast episode

Although stimulus payments have helped Australia’s retail sector to a strong recovery in late 2020, the longer-term trend has not been great, and there have been concerns about a so-called Retail Apocalypse in Australia and other advanced economies. To thrive … Continue reading

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Circular economy chat with Craig Lawrence – my latest podcast episode

I recorded a great interview with my colleague Craig Lawrence of Lytton Advisory earlier this week on the concept of a Circular Economy, which is creeping into economic and environmental policy discussions and into government publications. For instance, the Circular … Continue reading

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Surely just a matter of time before decriminalisation of cannabis and other drugs

Last Friday, the US House of Representatives passed a law decriminalising cannabis at the federal level. Unfortunately, as noted in this CNN report, the law has very little chance of being upheld by the US Senate, but it was good … 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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Corporate Governance podcast chat with Stephen Howell from Effective Governance

In my latest Economics Explored podcast episode, I speak with Stephen Howell, Principal Advisor of Effective Governance, part of the Hopgood Ganim Advisory Group, regarding the importance of good corporate governance to a well-functioning economy. One of the leading textbooks … Continue reading

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The Precautionary Principle and COVID-19 – podcast conversation with Joe Branigan

The Precautionary Principle, which recommends an extreme “safety first” approach, is being used to justify the closure of state borders in Australia to deal with COVID-19. For instance, Justice Rangiah explicitly referred to a “precautionary approach” in his decision against … Continue reading

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Big questions about Qld Chief Health Officer’s judgment – Premier needs to show leadership

Queensland’s border restrictions with ACT (and arguably with NSW, too) were always a huge over-reaction and the events of yesterday revealed their tragic consequences, with a young woman prevented from attending her father’s funeral, even though the risk of her … Continue reading

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Why the world needs economists – latest podcast episode

In my latest podcast episode, I explore what economists do and why the world needs them. I talk about the important roles that economists play in advising on government budget and economic policies and on the feasibility of specific projects, … Continue reading

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Chief Medical Officers should make their value judgements clear and Premiers shouldn’t just defer to them

The Australian Institute for Progress ran an excellent webinar last night, on the economic response to the pandemic, featuring prominent Australian businesswoman and former ACT Chief Minister Kate Carnell and Griffith University Economics Professor Tony Makin. It’s certainly a good … Continue reading

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