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Taxable income, medians and averages

An unfortunate consequence of the Covid-19 lockdowns was that I decided to take up an introductory $1/week introductory offer for  the Cairns Post. Previously a perusal over coffee provided at a cafe or the local library would suffice. Sadly these became untenable. Today the Cairns Post ran a paywalled yarn: New data reveals the richest…

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Airport June

Cairns Airport numbers for June showed a small blip but remain mostly meaningless until there is a more sustained recovery from lockdowns. Cairns Post has reported commentary from the Airport CEO that “domestic passengers now exceeded 27,000 a week”. That would still be an awfully long way down from the July peak of 424,178 domestic…

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International Students

An issues paper out of Mitchell Institute at Victoria University: International Students Critical To Coronavirus Recovery There is also a post on this at The Conversation with an interactive map: International students make up more than 30% of population in some Australian suburbs I have no idea how robust this data is. The scaling on this…

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RTA June quarter

RTA rental bond data median rents for the June quarter: This is median rent for new bonds lodged in the quarter. In the current circumstances changes in number of bonds lodged may be just as relevant. This appears to show an unusual  increase in Cairns for the quarter so should go back and check some…

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Queensland on Top?

Taylor Fry have developed a Covid-19 Financial Impact Index with an interactive map which appears to show Queensland as the outstanding performer of the states (ex NT) on their most recent data to June 13: This has attracted some media interest:  ‘Middle-class disaster’: Inner-city professionals take biggest financial hit from COVID Middle-class professionals in inner-city…

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Jobs Data Musings

Maybe we should now invent a new TV quiz game. Lets call it guess the data series: Actually I was just too lazy to bother further with it as I didn’t think it was worth the time. This is weekly payrolls from ABS by SA4 in Queensland indexed to 100 at March 14 which was…

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The barbarians are at the gate*

Grey nomads celebrate Queensland border opening as they migrate north: “It’s like the whales swimming up the east coast going to the warmer waters – we go to the warmer climate.” While the breaching of humpback whales is a spectacular sight there is no record that a breaching of grey nomads is at all pleasant.…

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Council Budgets

Budget 2020-21 this week from Cairns and Douglas councils in challenging times. Both announced CPI increases in rates but adopted different numbers. Douglas went for 2.2% which was the national increase year to the March quarter while Cairns went for 1.8% which was the Brisbane CPI increase, or perhaps they were using the trimmed mean?…

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Airport May

Passengers through Cairns Airport remained meagre in May but nudged just slightly higher than April. There were 151 international passengers recorded in May comprising 56 arrivals and 95 departures. Best to just stick to domestic traffic for now: If there is any consolation the 95.7% domestic fall in May from the previous year outperformed Sydney…

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JobKeeper postcode data

Two weeks after the News Ltd “exclusive” on JobKeeper postcode data the Australian Treasury finally got around this week to posting the actual data: JobKeeper postcode data What this shows is what was suspected. It’s a simple two column list of postcodes and business JobKeeper application numbers attached to that postcode by ATO. The data…

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