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Courier-Mail’s public service wages-budget threat story based on Joe Branigan’s QEW guest post

Well done to Joe Branigan on having his QEW guest post from last week, “Moody Blues”, quoted by the Courier-Mail’s Steven Wardill today (Qld Budget 2017: Public service wages threaten bottom line): THE cash-strapped State Government will have to impose … Continue reading

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Qld full-time employment still below level of five years ago, but hopefully is on the upswing

Queensland’s economic story over the last few years has been dominated by the end of the mining boom, which has had particularly adverse impacts in some Queensland regions, such as in the Fitzroy, Mackay and Townsville regions. The end of … Continue reading

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Were 80% of new Qld jobs in 2015-16 public service jobs?

The Courier-Mail is correct to highlight the large increase in public service employment that has occurred recently in Queensland, and it is on the right track in suggesting public service jobs are a large share of new jobs created, but … Continue reading

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Qld Govt expenditure growth has resumed after extraordinary period of austerity

The debate over the 2015-16 Queensland Budget continues, with the Courier-Mail publishing an opinion piece by State Political Reporter Steven Wardill, Today’s problems in Queensland bigger tomorrow after Budget, say economists, quoting me and fellow economist (and friend and former … Continue reading

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Qld public service redundancies likely contributed to spike in migration to NSW & Victoria

Following the ABC radio and online news coverage I received yesterday on the interstate migration issue, a friend of mine pointed out that redundancies in recent years, notably in the Queensland public service (which I thought were necessary for efficiency … Continue reading

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Consultancies are an easy target, but more cost-effective than maintaining bloated public service

In its election costings, the Opposition has identified that it would cut expenditure on consultancies as part of a cost-cutting drive to pay for its election commitments (see Qld Labor reveals election costings). As a consultant I’m obviously biased, but … Continue reading

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Link to my interview on Commission of Audit on ABC Brisbane radio this morning

Steve Austin from 612 ABC Brisbane radio interviewed me this morning on the Commission of Audit report. I elaborated on my view that it’s a good report because: it offers a framework for the role of Government that can guide … Continue reading

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