Former Queensland Under Treasurer Sir Leo Hielscher might be 91, but he is definitely "not out" yet. His McIlwraith Lecture sparkled with commonsense, leavened by long experience.
The ACCC Electricity supply and prices inquiry final report is a tacit acknowledgement that current strategies for CO2 abatement will not work at an affordable price for consumers.
Advocacy is core business for think tanks, but when does advocacy become propaganda? When the think tank is the grandly named Australia Institute, is one answer.
The Australia Institute claims are emphatically wrong, as shown in Table C.1, taken from the Queensland Budget Papers 2018/2019.
Our latest polling (download from here) shows left of centre voters being more committed and unified than right of centre voters. This is partly due to the continuation of resentment at the way Malcolm Turnbull won the Liberal Party leadership.
Speaking for my generation, I "like" this budget. No chance we’ll have to pay for the benefits. The bill is being passed on to the next generation.
Expanding the interconnector will make surplus Queensland power available for NSW when needed, and produce profits for the state of Queensland, over and above what they currently earn.
Commodity prices are a cyclical game, and the state treasurer should bank them in good financial management, rather than squandering them as though they are recurring revenues.
While there is a suspicion that some property development donations are corrupt (73 per cent), the suspicion is even higher for gaming (76 per cent) and still very high for unions (63 per cent), alcohol (60 per cent) and lawyers (51 per cent).
The legislation should be withdrawn immediately. Pushing it through on the numbers will increase public perceptions of corruption rather than decrease them.