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Chat with 4BC’s Neil Breen on Qld Economic Recovery Plan, travel restrictions, deficits, and debt

Yesterday morning, I spoke with 4BC Breakfast presenter Neil Breen about the Queensland Government’s Economic Recovery Plan, travel restrictions, deficits, and debt. The recording has been published on the 4BC website: What’s in the book? Neil began by asking me … Continue reading

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Gold Coast and Inner Brisbane the worst affected Qld regions in employment terms

According to the latest regional payroll jobs data released by the ABS today, in early August employment on the Gold Coast was still 6% below the level it was mid-March, before all the major COVID-related restrictions began (see chart below). … Continue reading

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Valuing the Environment podcast chat with Boyd Blackwell

In 2017, Deloitte Access Economics estimated the value of the Great Barrier Reef at $56 billion. You may ask, how could you even attempt to place a dollar value on the Reef? What techniques are used? Aren’t some of our … 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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Economic impact of COVID-19 & policy responses webinar for QUT Centre for Data Science

The video recording of a webinar on the economic impact of COVID-19 I participated in last Friday is now available. The other panellists were Danielle Wood from the Grattan Institute, Griffith Professor Tony Makin, and QUT Professor Pascalis Raimondos. My … Continue reading

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Qld-NSW border war (of words) chat with Joe Branigan from Tulipwood Economics

Currently, the big economic debate in Queensland concerns the border with NSW, which remains closed to interstate visitors. Earlier today I spoke with my old friend and former Treasury colleague Joe Branigan, Director of Tulipwood Economics, who thinks the border … Continue reading

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Chat with CCIQ’s Jack Baxter on collapse in business conditions & confidence

I spoke with CCIQ Economic and Policy Advisor Jack Baxter earlier today regarding the corona-crisis-induced collapse in business conditions and confidence reported in the March quarter Suncorp-CCIQ Pulse Survey report. Business conditions and confidence are at their worst levels in … 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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Economic impact of COVID-19 – upcoming QUT/QAAS webinar

I’m a panellist on an upcoming webinar on Friday 22 May on The economic impact of COVID-19 and the likely short and long run economic impacts of the policy responses to it. The webinar is free and is part of … Continue reading

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COVID-19 conversation with Joe Branigan of Tulipwood Economics

In the last few hours, I’ve recorded a discussion with my good friend and former Australian Treasury colleague Joe Branigan, Director of Tulipwood Economics, on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. We chatted about the potential economic impact of coronavirus, which is … Continue reading

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