The private part of the partnership buys the rights to the system for 24 years for $1.5 Bn, and then allows Queensland Rail to use it for a payment over the same period of $2.4 Bn, plus another $2.4 Bn for maintenance.
The latest edition of the AIP’s Housing index shows why the HomeBuilder scheme has been so successful, and also explains evidence that house sales have been buoyant during the pandemic.
Annastacia Palaszczuk’s tough border policies are winning support from up to three quarters of Queenslanders but that might not be enough in itself to clinch the October 31 election with the economy and climate change rated more than twice as important as vote changers.
Bushfires are a recurring, and mostly beneficial, feature of Australia's ecology, with many plants and species evolved to depend on regular fires. However severe bushfires represent a threat to human life and property.
General government debt increases by up to 134% between June 2020 and June 2023, and total gross debt up as much as $47 billion to $118 billion in the same time period.
Our general findings are that, as in the 2017 election, electors are unenthusiastic about the two major parties. While they rate Labor ahead of the LNP on key issues, they harbour an on-balance desire to see LNP elected. This makes both parties’ positions fragile.
If the measures we take to combat a pandemic reduce economic well-being too much in an effort to protect some citizens from the disease, it will damage the health of other citizens by destroying their livelihoods or prospects.
The task to make Australia 100% clean-energy is much larger than generally thought requiring approximately 250% more electricity generation than at present.
Housing became more affordable in the first quarter of this year everywhere, apart from Hobart and on average homes are more affordable across Australia now than at any time in the last 17 years.
With the release of the December 2019 quarter figures by the ABS we have just released our most recent housing affordability report. Housing affordability in most cities remains within historically comfortable limits, so this month we also looked at one probable effect of the COVID-19 pandemic - mortgage stress.