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Bulk of coal mining jobs in Central Qld, but Brisbane has 2-3K

Last Wednesday, I was pleased to note that the Chinese ban on Australian thermal coal appears to have had little impact so far (check out Pick up in thermal coal prices over last month). This is good news especially for … Continue reading

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Special deals can be bad deals for Government – my comments in today’s Courier-Mail re. Maryborough trains contract

The Queensland Government is facing big questions over the closeness of two prominent lobbyists to the highest levels of government in the state (e.g. see this Brisbane Times report). I don’t necessarily have a problem with lobbyists, so long as: … Continue reading

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My Courier-Mail comments on Qld Economic Recovery Plan and lack of Budget transparency

Yesterday afternoon I spoke with Courier-Mail journalist Michael Wray about the depressing nature of the state election campaign, which is being held without a full set of budget forward estimates having been published by the Queensland Government. I’m grateful to … Continue reading

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Qld Treasurer trying to have it both ways on budget outlook

Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick is trying to have it both ways regarding Queensland’s budget outlook. He is arguing the Opposition’s target of a budget surplus by 2023-24 is unattainable, but he has previously argued the budget outlook is so uncertain … 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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ABC radio interview on COVID-19 Fiscal and Economic Review

Yesterday afternoon I had a great conversation with Steve Austin on his 612 ABC Brisbane Drive program regarding the state government’s budget update it published on Monday. We discussed the issues I covered in my post Woefully inadequate budget update, … Continue reading

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Retail rebound in Australia – latest video

My latest video is about the retail rebound revealed by the May Retail Trade data published by the ABS yesterday (Retail turnover rises 16.9 per cent in May). You may also be interested in the Queensland Treasury Retail Trade brief … 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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Qld needs new Treasurer and budget update

The Sunday Mail Editorial is calling for a new Queensland Treasurer to be appointed to replace Jackie Trad, who has had to temporarily stand aside during a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation into her conduct, this time relating to the … Continue reading

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Qld public service freeze – my Courier-Mail comments

Well done to the Courier-Mail’s Steven Wardill for his scoop on the Queensland public service hiring freeze in today’s paper: Qld public service hiring freeze to rein in budget (pay-walled). I spoke with Steven about the hiring freeze yesterday afternoon … Continue reading

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