6000 Jobs

I really wanted to just go away and ignore the election spin but a headline at the Cairns Post: Deb Frecklington has committed $20 million to buy a massive piece of machinery to create 6000 jobs in Cairns — but important questions remain about the fine print. Bugger Modern Monetary Theory. One wonders why there…

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Budget Population

Amidst the budget blather are some population projections Budget Paper No. 3 Appendix A: Parameters and Further Information Net interstate migration where Extras amalgamate the minor states: Population growth by state: Meanwhile, Warren Entsch: “I’ve got masses of budget papers. You’d need a donkey to carry it, they’re that heavy,” he said.   Wazza recently…

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Playing with new listings data

To follow on from the previous post a further look at the new beta listings series from SQM. This is national weekly rental listings for Australia to 25 September: This clearly shows that the house/unit split in the CairnsWatch rentroll survey is very much a national trend. Social distancing extends to housing preferences presumably? This…

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Wake me up when September ends

End of the September month and quarter is going to bring a slew of interesting data my recent malaise. Veteran Rick Carr at HTW kicked it off with his now bi-monthly CairnsWatch which included rental vacancies to August broken down by units and houses: Source: HTW CairnsWatch This is a rent roll survey by HTW…

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More Jobs Melange

Last week brought us new employment data from the ABS Labour Force Survey *official data* v the Department of Social Services *sort of official* JobSeeker recipients. It is a waste of time even commenting in the ongoing social media debates but will take refuge in a social media twitter post. I think I said the…

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More on Pokies

Regional differences by SA4 in the EGM Pokie covid spike: This is growth in metered win/player loss for July + August post re-opening relative to the previous period in 2019. Indicated in red are numbers for All Queensland and also Hotels and Clubs in Queensland. A stark difference between hotels and clubs. Within the Cairns…

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SQM August

SQM rental vacancy data for August shows further declines in key Cairns postcodes: 4870 4879 Central Cairns 4870 with around half the rental stock in Cairns remains above previous seasonal levels. Beaches 4879 has now fallen back to previous seasonal lows. Keep in mind that vacancy rates in both these had modestly broken up from…

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Extraordinary pokies data

I have updated OLGR pokie graphs neglected since February following the reopening in July: I previously ignored the posting of July numbers because it didn’t look realistic following several months (March – June in red) where data isn’t released. However August seems to confirm the almost unbelievable July numbers. Cairns SA4 was up 49.7% on…

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