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Townsville getting $250M Super Stadium, but running out of water

One definition of economics is that it is the study of the allocation of scarce resources to competing uses. It says each additional dollar should go to the use which provides the greatest additional benefit. As such, it looks very … Continue reading

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Townsville Super Stadium guest post by Joe Branigan

My fellow economists and friends are doing a good job of making me redundant as a blogger. Today’s guest post is from Joe Branigan of the SMART Infrastructure Facility and Cadence Economics. GT. So JT* wants a brand new football … Continue reading

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Economic pain continues for Townsville

With the nickel refinery at Yabulu outside Townsville now in administration, following the sacking of hundreds of workers last week, Townsville residents are right to be very concerned about the economic impact of a possible refinery shutdown, and the loss … Continue reading

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ABC News interview on industry assistance

I appeared on Brisbane ABC News tonight, commenting on the Queensland Competition Authority’s new report on Queensland Government industry assistance, and the story has been written up on the ABC News website: Queensland Government will maintain industry assistance measures for … Continue reading

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Should governments financially support elite sports whose players are such poor role models?

An example of massive government support for elite sport – Suncorp Stadium which cost nearly $300 million to upgrade in the early 2000s. The drugs scandal that has engulfed the Gold Coast Titans raises a question about government support for … Continue reading

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Townsville Super Stadium-land sales link would only be indirect

Rugby league has a massive following in Townsville, and I remember there was a betting comp on the Winfield Cup among students at Kirwan High in the late eighties, back when the Broncos were the only Queensland team in the … Continue reading

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