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My book launch at Connor Court Christmas party, Wednesday 19 December at Boundary St, West End

My new book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next covers Queensland’s state finances over the last thirty years, during which time Queensland went from being the exemplar of sound public finance in Australia to a cautionary tale of the dangers … Continue reading

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Qld economy continues to disappoint

Queensland’s economic under-performance, which I’ve been commenting on regularly (e.g. see Deloitte’s weird definition of “strong employment growth”), is a major part of the reason why Australia’s GDP growth for September quarter came in lower than expected yesterday. The ABS … Continue reading

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Deficient Qld state public administration is a major theme of my new book

Sadly, Queenslanders are getting accustomed to regular stories of failures of state public administration, with two major stories this week. We have learned about the $250 million digital hospitals program cost blow out and the results of the inquiry into … Continue reading

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Industry groups right to say Qld economy failing to create the number of jobs needed

I am pleased to see that peak industry bodies (e.g. the Property Council of Australia and the Infrastructure Association of Qld) are saying the same thing I have been regarding Queensland’s lacklustre jobs growth, with the Sunday Mail* today reporting: … Continue reading

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My book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next can be pre-ordered now

Regular readers will know I’ve commented extensively on Queensland’s state debt and budget policies over successive recent governments, and that I’m concerned that not enough is being done to restrain the growth of state debt, currently on a trajectory to … Continue reading

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612 ABC Brisbane radio interview on Qld having nation’s highest unemployment rate

Yesterday I had an enjoyable chat with Steve Austin on his 612 ABC Brisbane Drive program about the latest ABS Labour Force estimates, which, as I reported in yesterday’s post, revealed Queensland is the only state with an unemployment rate … Continue reading

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TAFE in trouble – reliant on $170M Qld gov’t annual subsidy for survival

Today, the NCVER published its January to June 2018 data for government-funded vocational education and training (VET) students, and it reminded me that I should further investigate the troubled TAFE Queensland. The data show Queensland TAFE remains last in Australia … Continue reading

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