Tag Archives: nsw

Defence should never have been on the Qld-NSW border in the first place

Earlier this month, I was shocked when I landed in Bundaberg and was greeted by a police officer wanting to check I was a Queensland resident, but I guess I would have been even more shocked if I tried to … Continue reading

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Qld’s harsh border policy – a conversation with Joe Branigan

The biggest issue in Queensland right now is our harsh border policy, which I discussed earlier today with my good friend and former Treasury colleague Joe Branigan of Tulipwood Economics. Joe is the co-author with Dr Henry Ergas of the … Continue reading

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National leadership needed on interstate borders

Unless we get a COVID-19 vaccine soon, we’re most likely facing years of profound economic and social pain. Every day brings more news of businesses that will never re-open and jobs lost (e.g. earlier this year Arc Dining closed permanently … Continue reading

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Australia’s upcoming mini-Budget

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will hand down a mini-Budget this Thursday, and it’s coming just in time, given the growing concern over the spread of COVID-19 in Victoria and NSW. I recorded a video earlier today with some thoughts on … Continue reading

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Premier’s border decision helps, but it’s still early days in any recovery from virus recession

The Queensland Premier’s decision to reopen the border to non-Victorian interstate travellers and to bring forward the relaxation of a range of restrictions will no doubt provide a bit of a boost to the economy (e.g. the Courier-Mail is reporting … Continue reading

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Jobs coming back as economy reopens

The AFR’s Matthew Cranston has nicely summarised the latest payroll data published by the ABS yesterday in his article Job market crawls off floor as recovery begins: The worst appears to be over in the job market with Tax Office … Continue reading

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Qld-NSW border & Qld Chief Economist comments

I’ve recorded a new video commenting on: the cost to the Queensland economy of the interstate border closure and other coronavirus measures (thanks to CCIQ for putting some estimates out there, which I’ve provided links to below), what’s been happening … Continue reading

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Big question now is how long and how deep the recession will be

The March quarter National Accounts released by the ABS today suggest Australia will have two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth in the first half of 2020, and hence the traditional definition of a recession will be satisfied. That said, … Continue reading

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Qld-NSW border war (of words) chat with Joe Branigan from Tulipwood Economics

Currently, the big economic debate in Queensland concerns the border with NSW, which remains closed to interstate visitors. Earlier today I spoke with my old friend and former Treasury colleague Joe Branigan, Director of Tulipwood Economics, who thinks the border … Continue reading

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Overly optimistic reactions to discouraging GDP data

The RBA and the Government must be happy the media is accepting the Bank’s “gentle turning point” view of the Australian economy (e.g. see the AFR’s ‘Back on track’: GDP lifts to 1.7pc), but I can’t see how the September … Continue reading

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