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Thoughts after first full day of Brisbane lockdown

Twenty-seven hours into it, I’m still doubtful about the wisdom of the Greater Brisbane lockdown, especially on a day when no new COVID community transmission cases were announced, and on a day when, bizarrely, our Premier appeared to celebrate her … Continue reading

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Mutual benefits of free trade recognised in UK-EU deal

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has had a big win with the just-in-time UK-EU trade deal, under which it appears the UK will retain access to the common market, with zero tariffs on “most goods” according to the Financial Times. … Continue reading

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Chat about the Crown S04 with ABC’s Steven Austin

Yesterday afternoon I had a great chat with 612 ABC Brisbane’s Steven Austin about season 4 of The Crown, specifically about its depiction of Margaret Thatcher, which was a topic of conversation in my last Economics Explored podcast episode. Below … Continue reading

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On Adam Smith and Margaret Thatcher with Dr Eamonn Butler – latest podcast episode

First, I should say that Gillian Anderson nailed Margaret Thatcher’s voice and mannerisms in season 4 of the Crown, but she had to work with some pretty dreadful scripts at times. Thatcher was cast as the villain responsible for high … Continue reading

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Matt Ridley’s How Innovation Works is recommended reading

This weekend I finished reading Matt Ridley’s excellent How Innovation Works, which makes a compelling case in favour of leaving innovation largely to the free market, rather than having it guided and supported by government. Ridley is a great storyteller … Continue reading

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Catch up on COVID-19 with Joe Branigan

I fear that the draconian stage 4 restrictions in Victoria and Queensland’s re-imposition of the hard border with NSW are over-the-top, disproportionate policy responses that will cause unwarranted economic and social harm, both short and long-term. Earlier today, I chatted … Continue reading

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Highlights of recent coronavirus-related podcast episodes

In my latest Economics Explained podcast episode, I review some of the big issues covered in recent episodes on coronavirus. Brisbane-based businessman Tim Hughes of Urban Ergo and I react to excerpts of recent episodes and discuss the important policy … Continue reading

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Forty years after Thatcher’s election – CIS event in Brisbane on Thursday 2 May

This Friday, the 3rd of May, is the 40th anniversary of the 1979 UK election which saw Margaret Thatcher become Prime Minister. It is doubtful that any UK Prime Minister since Thatcher will loom as large in our collective memory … Continue reading

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Keynes’s Economic Consequences of the Peace in its centennial year

I recorded this video yesterday morning on some possible reading/re-reading for the Australia Day long weekend: John Maynard Keynes’s Economic Consequences of the Peace, now in its centennial year. You can find the book’s full text online. The book was published … Continue reading

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Qld “gets its mojo back” on international visitors

Mission Beach-based economist Pete Faulkner has great coverage of the latest international short-term arrivals and departures data for August from the ABS in his latest post: International arrivals still growing; QLD gets its mojo back while Tassie slows As Pete … Continue reading

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