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ABC radio comments re. Virgin: QIC needs to think for itself and resist any gov’t pressure

The current investigation of a potential investment in Virgin Australia will be a defining moment for the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC). On ABC radio yesterday morning, I told host Bec Levingston that QIC needs to show it can act as … Continue reading

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Debbie hits Qld Budget, but QIC may help out Government by investing in Cross River Rail

Cyclone Debbie and the floods that followed have tragically resulted in the loss of at least five lives and have done billions of dollars’ worth of damage in Queensland and NSW. And through lower coal royalties (largely associated with an … Continue reading

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Selling QIC highly desirable and would avoid allegations of political interference regarding mega mine infrastructure

First, my thoughts and prayers are with the people of North Queensland as they wake up to the devastation from Cyclone Debbie. In his extraordinary eulogy for Marie Antoinette, the Anglo-Irish statesman Edmund Burke lamented that the French Queen had … Continue reading

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Makin and Pearce confirm urgency of Budget repair in Conference of Economists paper

At the Australian Conference of Economists in Adelaide this week, Griffith University Economics Professor Tony Makin and ESA Qld Vice President Julian Pearce will present a very interesting paper titled Fiscal Consolidation and Australia’s Optimal Public Debt. Tony and Julian … Continue reading

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Government ownership of QIC becoming less appropriate every day

The Queensland Treasurer’s media release yesterday regarding QIC’s purchase of a large stake in a Northern Australian cattle business should have raised eyebrows: Treasurer Curtis Pitt has welcomed today’s announcement that the Queensland Government’s investment manager, QIC, will acquire 80 … Continue reading

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Qld Government opts for accounting tricks rather than true budget repair

In the 2015-16 Queensland Budget, the Government has shown it subscribes to the maxim that one might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb. The Government is undertaking at least three measures of dubious merit, including … Continue reading

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QIC could still invest Govt super funds in GOCs, while Govt would argue it hasn’t technically raided super

I recalled a great scene from one of my all-time favourite movies All the President’s Men when the Queensland Government today issued what may be a “non-denial denial” regarding the alleged Budget plan to use super funds to pay down … Continue reading

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QIC takeover of GOCs is a very bad idea

As suggested in the Courier-Mail this morning, it is possible the Queensland Government will try to appear it is meeting its fiscal strategy and paying down debt through some creative accounting, involving government-owned corporations (GOCs) (e.g. Energex, Stanwell, Gladstone and … Continue reading

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Courier-Mail story on Qld Govt’s fiscal challenges

I was quoted by John McCarthy in an article in today’s Courier-Mail (see image above) regarding the Queensland Government’s fiscal challenges. I’ve previously commented on the big challenge the Government has of sticking to its fiscal strategy announced at the … Continue reading

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Govt should embrace Costello Commission of Audit privatisation recommendations

Unsurprisingly, the Peter Costello-led Queensland Commission of Audit has recommended privatisation of a large number of Queensland Government assets, as reported in the Courier-Mail this morning: SELL assets or spend the next half a century paying off debt. That is … Continue reading

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