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Good set of policy principles (mostly) from new Queensland think tank AiP

New Queensland think tank the Australian Institute for Progress (AiP) has released a set of high-level policies for the Queensland election, which are mostly consistent with sound public finance and the promotion of free markets (see Our priorities for Queensland … Continue reading

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New ABS figures show two of the four pillars are crumbling – agriculture & mining

New quarterly employment by industry data confirm falling employment levels in two of the so-called four pillars of the Queensland economy: agriculture and mining (see chart below). Regarding the other two pillars, construction employment appears flat and the ABS does … Continue reading

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ABC radio interview on unemployment, the 4% target and the four pillars plan

I was interviewed this morning by Steve Austin on 612 ABC Brisbane regarding yesterday’s unemployment figures, particularly what they mean for the Government’s four pillars plan and its 4% unemployment rate target: Jump in employment questioned I reiterated the point … Continue reading

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What is the Four Pillars’ share of the Queensland economy?

Last week I noted how Nick Behrens of CCIQ made the good point on Steve Austin’s ABC radio show that the Queensland economy is much more than the so-called four pillars of agriculture, construction, resources (i.e. mining) and tourism. In … Continue reading

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How important is tourism to the Queensland economy?

It is being reported that visitor numbers over Easter at Queensland tourism centres such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts were at levels not seen since before the financial crisis. This is great news given the importance of tourism to … Continue reading

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Qld building industry recovery postponed

In a post last month I observed that of the so-called four pillars of the Queensland economy – agriculture, construction, resources and tourism –  the resources sector has been the only one with employment growth in recent years. Unfortunately, new … Continue reading

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Mining has been only “pillar” generating jobs

Queensland Investment Corporation CEO Damien Frawley made some astute observations on the outlook for Queensland’s economy, which were reported in the Courier-Mail this morning: THE resources boom will leave a lasting legacy for Queensland’s economy regardless of when it runs … Continue reading

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White gold and white meat

Cotton can be a very profitable crop for farmers and is often referred to as white gold. Hence it was good to see the report in the Toowoomba Chronicle today that Darling Downs gins smash cotton record: Queensland Cotton regional … Continue reading

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