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Blog posts February 2018

The Health of the Queensland Business Community (The Good and the Bad)

The Australian Bureau of Statistics this week released their annual 'Counts of Australian Businesses', which does precisely that, it counts the number businesses actively trading as at June 30, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.  It also provides rates of business entries and exits as well as co…

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Queensland wages remain stubbornly low despite labour market improvement

Latest data from the ABS confirms that wages growth remains stubbornly at the lower end.  The wage price index in Queensland (total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses) over the past twelve months increased by 2.2% compared to a national increase of 2.1%.  The Queensland increase compares to th…

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Why the State Government is ‘NUTS’ to offer Scottish beer giant BrewDog industry assistance

There are times to offer industry assistance and then there are times not to, such as the State Government’s announcement of ‘luring’ BrewDog to Brisbane.

There was much fanfare over the announcement BrewDog will open a $30 million brewery in Brisbane including a 50 hectolitre brewhouse…

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Closing the Gap Report highlights employment challenge for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Yesterday the Prime Minister released the Closing the Gap Report 2018 highlighting the significant challenge ahead in providing employment opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders that in turn provides them with a livelihood and advancement in living standards.

In 2016, the unemplo…

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The top ten largest increases in cost of living

This week has seen some much needed emphasis placed by media organisations on the financial difficulty being experienced by many Queensland households.  The Consumer Price Index (CPI) released last Thursday confirmed a 27% increase in the cost of living over the past decade for Brisbane households a…

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