Tag Archives: environment

Red tape and regulation – CIS On Liberty podcast

Yesterday I spoke with Associate Professor Salvatore Babones from Sydney Uni on my forthcoming Centre for Independent Studies Policy Paper Rationalising Regulation. You can watch our conversation on YouTube via the player below. Thanks to those readers who I know … Continue reading

Posted in Productivity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Valuing the Environment podcast chat with Boyd Blackwell

In 2017, Deloitte Access Economics estimated the value of the Great Barrier Reef at $56 billion. You may ask, how could you even attempt to place a dollar value on the Reef? What techniques are used? Aren’t some of our … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Global population trends on Economics Explained podcast

There are currently around 7.7 billion people in the world. The UN is projecting global population will increase to 9.7 billion by 2050 and to nearly 11 billion by 2100. Obviously, this projected growth raises a range of economic, social, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pros and cons of a $300M royalties holiday for the Adani mega mine

The acrimonious political debate on the proposed Adani mega mine (see Brisbane Times coverage) would be well informed by a number of economic policy considerations that I discuss below. Some of these, but not all, would lend support to a … Continue reading

Posted in Mining, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Should Queensland ban plastic shopping bags?

Last week, the Queensland Government Environment Department issued a discussion paper to consult with the community on its proposed ban of lightweight plastic bags (i.e. the type you get at Coles and Woolworths). However, the scope for public consultation is … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Queensland Government, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is banning plastic bags the best option to tackle litter and reduce waste?

Guest post by Rod Bogaards It looks like a push is on to ban single-use plastic bags nationally according to the Courier-Mail. A ban has already been implemented in some of the smaller states and territories but not elsewhere. Perhaps … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Economics and environmental law seminar timely given debate over CSG & Galilee

One of the new words we have heard in recent years is “lawfare”, the use of the law as a weapon of war. In Australia, it has been alleged that environmental groups such as the Australian Conservation Foundation and the … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Environment, Mining | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Guest post – Old Queenslanders in a New City

This is a guest post from my friend and colleague Brad Rogers, who is also Secretary of the Queensland Branch of the Economic Society of Australia. Views expressed are Brad’s own, and are not necessarily shared by me, our employer … Continue reading

Posted in Brisbane, Housing, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments