Posts in ‘Economics’

Some budget thoughts from a Tassie Tradie

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

As a Tasmanian who has endured a destroyed budget in recent years, it frustrates me no end to see the same issues played out nationally, and be completely missed by the media. 99% of media focus on gov’t spending / taxation – nothing about how our economy grows and contracts. In other words all focus is […]

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Posted by Jason Hall at 8:03 am | Comments (5) |
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Strong Choices

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Queensland government has a debt problem and it’s asking for your help to solve it, or at least that is the pitch for Strong Choices, a website which gives you some say in the process by allowing you to decide how to repay debt using actual figures. It’s an interesting experiment in participatory democracy […]

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Posted by Graham at 9:29 am | Comments (1) |

Albanese’s QANTAS ownership own goal

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Anthony Albanese didn’t need to make the claim that eight out of the top ten airlines in the world are majority government-owned to make his case out. But he did, and if he was properly briefed he must have known that claim was wrong. Now he must certainly know that claim is wrong because the […]

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Posted by Graham at 12:57 pm | Comments (4) |

Questions for Labor on car industry

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

The Labor Party has suddenly become opportunistically very supportive of the car industry. Why not? Perhaps the South Australian state election, and certainly some South Australian and Victorian federal seats, will turn on it. But this is the party that under Gough Whitlam slashed tariffs by 17% that set off the turn to globalisation in […]

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Posted by Graham at 11:13 pm | Comments (13) |

Plain packaging works for everyone but tobacco companies

Friday, November 29th, 2013

It seems that plain packaging hasn’t reduced Australian smoking rates so far, according to this report from London Economics, so you might think that it fails to meet its policy targets. And that might be the case if you accept that the previous government’s only aim with this policy was to cut smoking rates. But […]

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Posted by Graham at 6:44 am | Comments Off |
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Maccloskey, innovation and wealth

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Every now and then you have one of those cross disciplinary moments when everything you think you know about a discipline is proven wrong. I thought I had a pretty good handle on economics, but was blown away last night to find that most economists apparently think that wealth is created by savings, or efficiency gains. […]

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Posted by Graham at 6:57 am | Comments (4) |
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Remuneration of politicians

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

I have quite a few friends who are politicians. A decent chunk of them earn much less than they could in the private sector. Some of them left much more lucrative jobs to go into politics. Others that I know undoubtedly obtained a pay rise by going into representative politics, and I wonder whether they […]

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Posted by Nick at 2:50 pm | Comments (6) |

Newman hikes workers’ compo insurance 23.4% for video stores

Friday, June 29th, 2012

If the Queensland government is interested in privatising anything, they could do worse than running their ruler over WorkCover. They  must be sensitive about their latest price hike – I’ve never before had a phone call from WorkCover to inform me that my premiums are about to rise. Perhaps they are super sensitive in that […]

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Posted by Graham at 12:53 pm | Comments (3) |

Why 20K Queensland public servants could lose their jobs

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

I’m on Steve Austin’s ABC radio program tomorrow along with former Queensland Labor A-G Cameron Dick. Not sure what we are going to talk about, but there’s a good chance public service cuts will be on the list. I’ve been wondering how Campbell Newman has reached the conclusion that 20,000 public servants have to go, […]

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Posted by Graham at 2:36 pm | Comments (12) |

Quadruple bottom line but only three D printing

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Did you also drop your jaw, stunned, when you first heard about 3D printing? How can that be? Surely this is something way down the track… But having seen how sci fi influenced real science on the show Prophets of Science Fiction, I understand these things are often closer than we think. And many of […]

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Posted by Ronda Jambe at 9:55 am | Comments Off |
Filed under: Economics