Month: November 2017

Quick election review for FNQ

Well that’s over and a damned good thing too. FNQ was a strong result for the ALP with wins in Mulgrave, Cairns, Barron River and Cook. The election of Cynthia Lui in Cook as the first elected TI representative is welcome and also may challenge the paradigm that a woman can’t win Leichhardt. When Antony…

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Leveraging Crocodile Tourism

The Member for Kennedy has colourfully raised concerns about crocodile activity which has spread around the world. Yet again his numeracy appears to be somewhat exaggerated. However this did remind me of a recent 2017 Ignobel Award for:┬áNever Smile at a Crocodile: Betting on Electronic Gaming Machines is Intensified by Reptile-Induced Arousal Tourists at the…

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Regional Housing Analysis

A new paper from the Centre for Social Research & Methods at ANU may challenge some common perceptions:┬áRegional Housing Supply and Demand in Australia This is really worth reading and so far I have only skimmed it. The appendix table listing the bottom 10 shortage regions is interesting though. Note that these are negative shortages…

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Air Freight Drain

Cairns Airport numbers for October were so boring they don’t even deserve a graph. What does deserve a graph is the decline in international freight through the airport. These are BITRE numbers to FY17. Lowest since 1990-91. Guessing this is freight on scheduled flights. There were numbers somewhere at BITRE which I had previously downloaded…

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Cairns retains Pokie King Crown

Cairns has staved off a challenge from Townsville to hold on to the Pokie King Challenge Mug for October. Townsvillians held back as they saved their pennies to be able to afford tickets to next years Neil Diamond concert. This is actually an interesting data set particularly related to recent hours expansions where it seems…

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What is the rental vacancy rate?

SQM Research provide an excellent range of free real estate data which I frequently use and reference. Michael Matusik has had a spray at their rental vacancy rates data. This is how SQM determine what is a vacant rental from online sources: The Rental Vacancies component is based on all monitored and unique online listings…

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