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Blog posts October 2017

An open letter to the Queensland Community - State Election 2017

I have collaborated with six leading economic influencers to pen an open letter to the Queensland community on the issues that count as part of the forthcoming State Election. Please see below:

We the undersigned call on all political parties and candidates contesting this state election to c…

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ABS Census confirms changing work patterns in the Queensland economy

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has today released another segment of data from the 2016 Census relating specifically to the Queensland and Australian workforce profiles.

In a sentence, Queenslanders are more likely today to be in a service industry, part-time job, working less hours each wee…

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Labour Market Summary - September 2017

The one action most likely to cut your Electricity Bill

A question for your consideration: What is the one action that will maximise the likelihood of you cutting your electricity bill?

The answer: Threaten to, or actually switch electricity retailers. The limitation to this is it only applies to electricity customers in South East Queensland (SEQ…

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Why Brisbane fuel prices are so high

The ACCC has released a report on why motoring fuel prices in Brisbane are higher than other capital cities in Australia.  Whilst specific to the Sunshine State’s capital city there are lessons that can be extrapolated more widely.

Key findings include:

  • Petrol prices in Brisbane have…

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Review of GST arrangements represents clear and present danger to Queensland

Today has seen the Productivity Commission release a draft report on Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation (HFE) in Australia ie how GST revenue is carved up among the States. 

So is this Review a hawk or a dove for Queensland given that for every dollar we raise in GST we receive a $1.19 back?  My op…

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