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One Nation has struck an accord with some but they are wrong on Free Trade

November 8, 2017

Over the State Election campaign, there have been calls by One Nation to rollback trade liberalisation and renegotiate, or even tear-up, previously agreed to trade agreements. These calls have been made on the basis of an argument that trade liberalisation has been undertaken at the expense of local…

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An open letter to the Queensland Community - State Election 2017

October 30, 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

October 23, 2017

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

October 19, 2017

The one action most likely to cut your Electricity Bill

October 17, 2017

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

October 16, 2017

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

October 9, 2017

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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2016-17 Queensland Energy GOC Profits and Dividend Fact Sheet

September 30, 2017

Late Friday afternoon and just prior to a weekend full of Grand final football 132 reports were tabled in Parliament.  Among these were the CS Energy, Stanwell, Powerlink and the newly created Energy Queensland annual reports for 2016-17. (As a side note this practice has to stop as it deliberate…

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Queensland Population Change - March Quarter 2017

September 28, 2017

Population flows towards employment opportunity but it will take more full-time jobs to really ramp up interstate migration.

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The Issue with Payroll Tax – PART A

September 27, 2017

With election speculation mounting one of the biggest issues for businesses, that will be repeatedly raised during an election campaign, is Payroll Tax.

Requests to abolish payroll tax are in reality unrealistic given the lack of holistic tax reform in Australia at present.  We need to be sensib…

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We have lower wages in Queensland and there is a good reason why

September 17, 2017

There has been extensive research into the relationship between wages and inflation or the change in the cost of living.  For example the 'wage price spiral' theorises that as wages rise, costs to the employer have to be recovered and are passed onto the consumer through raising the price of goo…

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Queensland Labour Market Summary - August 2017

September 14, 2017

Latest ABS labour market numbers confirmed the Sunshine State recorded the strongest employment growth since mid 2007 driven by part-time jobs and recorded the lowest unemployment rate since late 2013.

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Queensland needs to talk about protectionism

September 13, 2017

Queensland needs to better educate the community on the perils of protectionism and conversely the considerable advantages that free trade brings to us on a daily basis.  Protectionism does nothing to solve concerns over jobs and incomes in Queensland it only plays to the politics of populism.…

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Clever usage of a PPP to fund Brisbane's Cross River Rail

September 8, 2017

Confirmation that Brisbane's Cross River Rail will use a Public Private Partnership (PPP) is a timely reminder that there are alternative funding options on the table for infrastructure projects in Queensland outside of Government pockets. 

The announcement that a PPP with availability paym…

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Queensland's domestic economy has a spring in her step

September 6, 2017

Latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals Queensland’s domestic economy now has a spring in her step.

State final demand (SFD) which is the measure of how the domestic economy is performing grew by 1.1 per cent in the June quarter 2017 and by 2.8 per cent across the 12 months…

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Small Businesses yet to embrace Strategic Planning and KPIs

September 3, 2017

Latest results show startling differences in performance management frameworks by size of business in Australia.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics found one third of all small businesses indicated no KPIs were monitored during the financial year ended 30 June 2016.  This rose to a whopping 57.6…

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Cross River Rail is not the only infrastructure needed in Queensland

August 27, 2017

Based on the furore surrounding Brisbane’s Cross River Rail (CRR) anyone could be forgiven for thinking that it is the only infrastructure that Queensland needs.  Let me be clear this is a vital project for Queensland’s economic future but it is not the only project needed for our State.…

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The True Cost of Employment

August 21, 2017

It is widely understood that there are additional costs of employment over and above actual wages paid to an employee.  However what would undoubtedly surprise most is the extent to which these payments sum to.

Indeed when fully understood it leads to the inescapable conclusion that the lot …

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The surge of Queensland part-time employment continues - July 2017

August 17, 2017

Today's labour force data cements a picture of rising employment in the Sunshine State compliments of surging part-time jobs.

In trend terms:

  • Full-time employment rose in the month of July 2017 by 3,300 persons and is up from this time last year by 18,500 persons
  • Total employment incr…

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Would you gamble $41 to win $3? - The Buy Queensland Policy does

August 14, 2017

Following my original post on the Buy Queensland Policy there has been a significant spat between New Zealand (one of nine countries that we have a Free Trade Agreement with) and Australia warning of trade repercussions following the Palaszczuk Government's move to favour Queensland businesses with…

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