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Qld’s surging public service – clarification of Australian article comments

I’m quoted in today’s Australian article Polls back Labor’s jobs push, and I need to clarify this reported comment: Economist Gene Tunny said that Queensland’s public sector had been stable through the pandemic and that had steadied the state’s job … Continue reading

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Election campaign debate needed on border and other restrictions

The family of a well-known Brisbane businessman has cancelled a Halloween/election night party because there is still a limit on gatherings to 30 people in private residences (see the healthdirect website). Is it still necessary to have this restriction in … Continue reading

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Regulations rushed through in Qld, as revealed by QPC Annual Report 2019-20

The Queensland Productivity Commission’s 2019-20 Annual Report has revealed a huge increase in the number of state government regulatory changes which have been excluded from the rigour of the normal regulatory assessment process (see chart below, which is based on … Continue reading

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Auditor-General exposes deep flaws in Queensland’s governance

Queensland’s Auditor-General is having a big week, with the publication of hard-hitting reports into the latest Queensland Health IT bungle (see today’s Courier-Mail) and the Government’s economic response to COVID-19. The report on the economic response revealed a lack of … Continue reading

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Hollywood subsidies by Qld Gov’t kept hidden – Qld Right-To-Info process a huge joke

I’ve long argued that the current approach to assisting the film industry, focused on luring international film productions, is wasteful, doesn’t achieve any important public policy goals, and is politically motivated, so drab politicians can benefit from some Hollywood glamour. … 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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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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COVID-19 rescue package chat with CCIQ Chief Economist Marcus Smith

In both its scale and scope, the COVID-19 rescue package announced by the Prime Minister and Treasurer this morning is stunning. I spoke with CCIQ Chief Economist Marcus Smith earlier this afternoon regarding what he thinks about the package, and … Continue reading

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Coronavirus catch up with CCIQ

I dropped into the head office of CCIQ on Wickham Terrace today for an update on coronavirus and for a briefing on the December quarter Pulse survey results. Once again, I spoke with CCIQ Senior Policy Officer Gus Mandigora and … Continue reading

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Qld Gov’t should reconsider Christmas Eve public holiday as it develops its small business strategy

With the Queensland Government now consulting the community on its Small Business Strategy Discussion Paper (see Discussion open for small businesses), it should be reminded it is imposing additional costs on small businesses and discouraging some economic activity through its decision … Continue reading

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