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Does your business feel compelled to donate to the major political parties?

Does your business feel compelled to donate to the major political parties or attend a particular political party event?  If so, you’re not alone.

Recently the Grattan Institute studied political donations in Australia and confirmed what many know to be the case.  If you want to do busine…

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NSW fires latest salvo in tax competitiveness war

Competition is a beautiful and ruthless concept.  It is a situation in which two or more people or groups are trying to get something which not everyone can have.  In the business world this is predominantly market share. For State Governments competition is better known as competitive federalism…

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Anticipating Queensland’s Future Skill Needs

Jobs Queensland have released a very interesting report ‘Anticipating Future Skills: Jobs growth and alternative futures for Queensland to 2022.

It provides an evidence base for consideration of Queensland’s future skills needs that has been developed in consultation with industries and region…

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Why is infrastructure so challenging for Queensland

Infrastructure plays a crucial role in determining the strength of current and future economic growth in Queensland. However the roll out of infrastructure ahead of or even on the curve of requirement has proved profoundly challenging for all three tiers of government and successive governments.

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Queensland Workplace Accident Statistics 2017-18

The 2017-18 WorkCover Annual Report contains very good summary statistics on Queensland accidents in the workplace. These are provided below:

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The big dilemma over WorkCover Queensland

There is a huge decision that the State Government is going to have to make in relation to WorkCover Queensland.  So what is it?

WorkCover is a success story for all other Australian jurisdictions to follow.  WorkCover’s Annual Report for 2017-18 released earlier this month highlights wha…

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The Queensland Productivity Commission should examine the economic benefit of daylight saving

With the risk of alienating die-hard opponents of daylight saving I believe the State Government should commission the Queensland Productivity Commission to examine the economic cost of the Sunshine State not having this initiative.

This coming Sunday - New South Wales, Victoria, the ACT, …

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Interim Report of the Financial Services Royal Commission

The executive summary of the Interim Report of the Financial Services Royal Commission is provided below:

The Commission’s work, so far, has shown conduct by financial services entities that has brought public attention and condemnation. Some conduct was already known to regulators and the p…

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Small businesses continue to experience finance difficulties

Access to finance has a profound influence on a businesses’ capacity to grow and since the GFC major banks have become more risk averse and conservative in their business lending.  This has given rise to Queensland businesses experiencing a range of difficulties including accessing finance on accept…

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Where are the fastest growing areas of Queensland

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released fascinating statistics relating to the hows and whys of population growth across Australia and Queensland.

Brisbane is back among Australia's fastest-growing cities, according to latest data.  Brisbane's population grew by 48,000 people in 2016-17 …

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Queensland's Domestic Economy - June Quarter 2018 Update

The best measure of the economic activity that each of us sees and feels on a daily basis is state final demand which measures domestic economic activity. Today the Australian Bureau of Statistics released their latest estimates and Queensland's year to the June Quarter 2018 was a very healthy 3.4% …

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Pollies not doing us any favours

This is from the Courier Mail and saved me the words ……..

Each workplace accident statistic represents a life changed forever

Amid the chaos and circus of last week’s Liberal leadership spill in Canberra, Safe Work Australia released its ‘Key Work Health and Safety Statistics Australia 2018’.

These statistics detail national work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities and offer a timely reminder of the imp…

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Lower Company Tax - What’s in it for me

This week a cut in company tax for businesses with a turnover greater than $50 million will be given one last opportunity to be passed by the Australian Parliament when it is due for debate in the Senate. It is widely anticipated that the Bill will again be rejected spelling the death-nell for the i…

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Gains of the past three years have bypassed many unemployed Queenslanders

The Australian Bureau of Statistics labour market numbers for July 2018 reveal solid employment growth on one hand but gains having bypassing our State's unemployed on the other.

Queensland's stubborn unemployment rate has been unable to consistently break through the six per cent barrier and con…

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Overseas Migrants to Queensland: Where the bloody hell are you?

As Australia’s population clock ticked over 25 million at 11 pm on the 7th August 2018 it is important to understand how this milestone has been achieved. In short Australia continues to be the lucky country and the heavy lifting of our increase comes from overseas migrants wanting to get a…

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Queensland should support the NEG – when perfection and politics are the enemy of good

In true Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble withoutfashion - Queensland should support the proposed National Energy Guarantee this Friday when COAG's Energy Council meets to consider it.

If you believe the hype - the National Energy Guarantee will deliver lower electricity pric…

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Critical Appraisal of Queensland’s Labour Market

Queensland’s labour market finds itself in a peculiar situation: it has experienced very good employment growth yet our unemployment rate remains stubbornly above six per cent.

Queenslanders should in theory be highly concerned that our State’s unemployment rate remains 0.7 per cent above the n…

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If only there was another word for innovation

Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics released their latest snapshot of Australian business innovation.

Innovation is a widely used term but not necessarily widely understood particularly by small business.  It is defined as the development or introduction of new or significantly improve…

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Estimates Hearings are one of only a few checks and balances for Queensland's Unicameral Parliament

The 2018-19 ‘Estimates Hearings’ for the Queensland Legislative Assembly commences today and runs for the next two weeks.  These are one of only a few checks and balances that the Sunshine State’s unicameral Parliament has to hold the State Government to account.

The estimates process help…

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