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612 ABC Focus discussion on negative gearing – also featuring shadow treasurer Chris Bowen & Master Builders’ Paul Bidwell

Well done to Emma Griffiths for tackling the challenging topic of negative gearing on her 612 ABC Brisbane Focus program yesterday morning. I participated in an interesting discussion which also featured the deputy head of Master Builders Queensland Paul Bidwell … Continue reading

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Builders much more optimistic than current conditions would warrant

Broadly speaking, humans are biased towards being optimistic, and the Master Builders Survey of Industry Conditions for June 2014 is a good example of the optimism bias. Builders across Queensland, and especially in the South-East, are much more optimistic about … Continue reading

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Residential building approvals have recovered nicely – but some weakness still in regions

It appears Master Builders Queensland was right to report last month that Queensland builders are optimistic (see my post on the report), with today’s new residential building approvals from the ABS showing a strong upward trend nationally and in Queensland … Continue reading

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NQ and Mackay region builders the least optimistic

I just noticed Master Builders Queensland released its latest survey of industry conditions last week. While it shows a positive outlook on average across all regions, the outlook is only just positive in the North Queensland and Mackay regions (see … Continue reading

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Good signs for building industry, but conditions will remain weak this quarter

Yesterday’s new ABS data on housing loans were a good sign for the Queensland building industry, as they confirmed strong growth through the year (at 5.8%) in lending for the construction and purchase of new dwellings (also see the HIA media … Continue reading

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Gold Coast shouldn’t expect too much of an impact from big events

After several years of poor economic conditions which are only now improving, it’s understandable the Gold Coast is excited about the economic potential of some upcoming big events, such as the 2013 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships. The Gold Coast … Continue reading

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Building industry recovery most evident in Brisbane and Central Qld (192% growth through the year)

After reading the Townsville Bulletin report Housing Industry is Rebuilding I found the Master Builders media release on the ABS’s regional building approvals data released earlier this week. The media release includes a useful summary of the data that has … Continue reading

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