Queensland has always punched above her weight, but complacency, plus new national and international challenges, mean she is in danger of being knocked out of the ring, losing the services and benefits her residents take for granted. Our 10 points (PDF 5.5mb) slim the recovery plan down to a small number of actions that will make a large difference.
Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into The Use and Marketing of Electronic Cigarettes and Personal Vaporisers in Australia
Not opening the E-cigarette market would be an act of spite on the part of those who believe that they should control any harm that consumers may choose.
Submission to the Australian Treasury: Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities
Reform opportunities in the charity sector, in particular, the award of DGR status and consolidation of the management of the lists of charities, should be focused on better informing donors
Housing investment – the last five years
Negative gearing helps investors but the home owner receives substantially more benefits. Nevertheless, for both of them, housing over the last 5 years was a great investment - far better than the superannuation they are forced to contribute to.
Submission to Federal Government Free Speech Inquiry
We've just submitted our submission to the Federal Government Free Speech Inquiry.
Broad-based support for ABCC Bill
A survey of 1020 Australians demonstrates broad support for the government's ABCC Bill, but no support for an anti-union campaign.
Throw open the doors
Lack of transparency makes the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control much less effective than it should be.
Economy and super, not Mediscare, decided the election
The coalition scrambled across the line by gaining enough votes from minor party voters on the economy, and also Mediscare, to cancel out problems with superannuation.
Housing affordability – the deposit gap
This analysis shows the major issue with housing affordability is the time it takes to save a deposit, not negative gearing, and that mortgage repayments themselves are quite affordable by the standards of the last 23 years.
Mid-election poll results
Our polling suggests close to a dead heat in the federal election with the economy, and issues like immigration, pitched against health and education concerns.