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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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Upcoming ESA Qld event: How economics improved the world in 2016

2016 has not been a good year for economics. Brexit and the US Presidential election result both implied a rejection of free trade and free markets by large numbers of people in the UK and US. Economists have learned that … Continue reading

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Ironic that Trump may just be the shock financial markets needed

The election of Donald Trump as US President is undoubtedly a huge shock to global financial markets. Even though it is highly uncertain what policies he will ultimately adopt and can get passed by Congress, it is highly probable he … Continue reading

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Inquiry should consider contestability and privatisation of QR services

One of the alleged benefits of public provision of services is that levels of service and reliability are higher than for private provision, but the crisis engulfing Queensland Rail at the moment suggests we should question that purported benefit. It … Continue reading

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After botched 2016 Census, let’s have it every ten years and properly resource and manage it

The compliance cost to the community of the upcoming Census has been magnified by the anxiety its botched implementation is causing Australians (see this Fairfax report on Census chaos). It appears many elderly Australians have been surprised by the letters … Continue reading

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