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QEAS Business Briefing: Queensland's COVID-19 Fiscal & Economic Review

 

Earlier this year the 2020-21 Queensland Budget was cancelled due to the impossible task of framing a budget with the uncertainty of COVID-19’s impact on State revenues. The new State Treasurer, the Hon Cameron Dick, has today released instead the Queensland Government’s Fiscal and Economic Re…

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QEAS Business Briefing - Queensland Government's Fiscal Update - July 2020

COVID-19's impact on Queensland Government's GST & other tax receipts (payroll tax, duties etc) coupled with an increase in expenditure to support the economy has delivered the two largest operating deficits in the State's history. The 2019-20 operating result will be a $5.9 billion deficit (the MYF…

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QEAS Business Briefing - Australian Government's Economic and Fiscal Update - July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has been described as a once-in-a-century shock - placing immense pressure on Australia’s health system and economy. The outbreak of COVID-19 globally, the resulting containment measures in Australia during April and May, and now the second wave re-emerging in the southern Stat…

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Latest on Queensland's Labour Market - June 2020

Key points from today's release of unemployment numbers by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for Queensland include:

Queensland's unemployment rate in June 2020 fell from 7.8 per cent to 7.7 per cent and compares nationally to 7.4 per cent. Queensland's underemployment rate (those wanting more …

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BNE's new runway provides hope and will enable Queensland's economic recovery

Sunday 12 July 2020 saw the commencement of operations for Brisbane Airport's new runway .... and what a wonderful piece of enabling infrastructure it is for Queensland.

QEAS was commissioned by the Brisbane Airport Corporation as part of its 2020 Masterplan to analyse the economic contribut…

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Tax reform is the antidote for Australia’s COVID-19 economic crisis

Tomorrow sadly marks the 10th year anniversary of when the Australian Government released the final report of the Ken Henry Tax Review – The Australia’s Future Tax System Review.  

This was a missed opportunity of epic proportions. Back then the key conclusion was that 115 of Australia’…

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The importance of gender balance from a male economist

Whilst achieving gender balance in the workforce is often looked at with the lens of being a social issue it is undoubtedly a commercial opportunity for business, industry sectors and the economy more broadly. 

Increasing female workforce participation is key to boosting Australia’s producti…

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The economic benefits of a Queensland 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games

A Queensland 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games will provide unrivalled and historic opportunity for the Sunshine State. That is the unsurprising finding from the Queensland Government’s value proposition assessment released this week.

A 2032 Queensland Olympics will showcase our State l…

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Cooperation between the Federal and Queensland Governments on Infrastructure will deliver productivity growth

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The $1.9 billion road and rail package announced by the Prime Minister and Queensland Premier is excellent news for the Sunshine State - boosting vitally needed economic growth in the short term but also providing the infrastructure to deliver longer lasting producti…

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Queensland Economic Update - November 2019

The Queensland economy is experiencing a difficult period with growth generally below trend and at levels similar to during the GFC.  The economy is shaping up to be a crucial issue in 2020 with the local government elections (28th March), the State Budget (28th April), the Federal Budget (early…

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Queensland's Infrastructure Pipeline is currently unfunded, unapproved and uncertain

During the week I had the opportunity to deliver a key speech at the Queensland Infrastructure Summit hosted by the Infrastructure Association of Queensland (IAQ). 

What my presentation confirms is that the future of our State’s infrastructure pipeline is potentially a very good one provided…

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Extending the Brisbane Metro to Brisbane’s airport makes economic sense

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner’s proposal to expand the Brisbane Metro project to Brisbane Airport is an excellent idea.

People who are arriving as tourists at the airport have an option of catching a taxi, an Uber or the Airtrain, but for people who work there every day it’s not affordab…

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The danger for business from CEDA’s latest research

I am very big fan of the work that CEDA (Committee for the Economic Development of Australia) does and their latest research is no exception. 

CEDA has released the results of its first nationwide poll of Australian business, to better understand community expectations of business; and the chal…

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Queensland's domestic economy - June Quarter 2019

Key points:

Over the year to the June quarter 2019 Queensland's domestic economy in trend terms grew by 0.9% on par with growth in the national domestic economy (0.9%). GDP growth for Australia over the year was 1.5%.

Queensland's domestic economy in trend terms grew by 0.3% in the June Qtr 2…

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Queensland Councils revenue grab on non-residential property owners

The Property Council and the Queensland Resources Council recently commissioned QEAS to determine how local councils in Queensland are complying with State Government guideline principles in applying differential and minimum rates on land owners.

The report analyses local government rating prac…

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State Infrastructure Plan plays to division between SEQ and Regional Queensland

QEAS was fortunate enough to be invited to contribute the below article to Lytton Advisory on Queensland Government’s 2019 State Infrastructure Plan 2019. QEAS Director, Nick Behrens, has been on several project teams led by Lytton Advisory for Queensland Government projects including for the Depart…

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Infrastructure Australia’s Jekyll and Hyde 2019 Infrastructure Audit

Infrastructure Australia has released its second national audit and like its predecessor in 2015, the 2019 Audit is intended to guide the next wave of infrastructure reform in Australia.

The 2019 Audit covers transport, energy, water, telecommunications and – for the first time – social inf…

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QEAS work features in draft Brisbane Airport Masterplan 2020

One of the exciting projects QEAS has been involved in is working with the Brisbane Airport Corporation to evaluate the economic contribution of BNE’s new runway.  Some of this work has recently featured in the draft Brisbane Airport Masterplan 2020 that is out for consultation at present.

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Brisbane CPI up 1.7 per cent

Brisbane's CPI is up by 0.6% in the June quarter and up 1.7% over the year and compares to respective increases of 0.6 per cent and 1.6 per cent for the average of the eight Australian capital cities.

Brisbane's increase was mainly due to automotive fuel (+10.7%) but was partially offset by Elec…

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Growing pains for Brisbane commuting times

Lengthy commutes have repeatedly been shown to have enormous cost on our economy delaying workers getting to their place of employment and the flow of commerce.

The 2019 Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey (HILDA for short) has revealed that Brisbane’s commute times have blo…

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