by Richard Denniss
[Originally published in the Australian Financial Review, 11 June 2019]
How good is the Australian economy? Not very. It's as if months of prime ministerial promises that the economy was strong had absolutely no impact on employers' desire to boost wages or consumers' ability to spend. GDP growth is at its lowest levels since the Global Financial Crisis, wage growth remains low, productivity growth is at record lows, and the Reserve Bank of Australia just dropped interest rates to their lowest levels ever.
The projected rise in extremely hot days as a result of global warming presents a serious risk to the health and wellbeing of the Queensland community.
There has already been a clear increase in numbers of these extreme heat days over recent decades, as demonstrated in our profiles on:
- The Gold Coast;
- The Sunshine Coast;
- The Whitsundays; and
New research shows that Queensland is set to experience more climate chaos, including more summers with a dramatic increase in extreme heat days – like in Brisbane, where days over 35C would go from a historical average of two per year, to up to 45 days per year by 2090.
The report, written by The Australia Institute using CRSIO and BoM data, shows that such increases in extreme heat days will severely affect many key metropolitan and regional centres throughout Queensland such as Brisbane, Townsville, Rockhampton, the Sunshine Coast and the Whitsundays.
by Ebony Bennett
[Originally published in The Canberra Times, 01 June 2019]
I come not to bury polls, but to praise them. While everyone - including the polling companies it seems - was shocked by the election results, the media and the public are learning the same lessons that political parties have had to. And it's a hard one: polling is just a tool.
by Richard Denniss
[Originally Published on Guardian Australia, 29 May 2019]
While Australian political debate has never seemed more sharply divided, the philosophical lines between left and right have never seemed more blurred.