Category: Contributors

A new life for Whyalla – Michael O’Neil and Peter Gill

Whyalla’s ‘death notice’ has been written a number of times over the past 40 years, beginning with the closure of the shipyards in 1978, continuing with predictions of doom in the lead-up to the carbon tax, and most recently, as what was once the BHP steelworks clung to life, suffocating in debt and despair under […]

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Populate or perish – revisited, by Michael O’Neil and Peter Gill

When Australia’s first immigration minister, Arthur Calwell, declared Australia needed to “populate or perish” he was making a statement about the country’s vulnerability to invasion in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War.
While the context has changed, the recently published ABS population projections to 2066 underscores an ongoing vulnerability. However, this time, to take […]

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SA Data Wrap – Spending growth slows as national house prices fall

Spending growth slows
Quarterly National Accounts data released by the ABS this week indicate that spending growth in South Australia has slowed through the course of the year. Quarterly growth in state final demand (SFD) in real trend terms slowed from 0.8 per cent in the March quarter to 0.4 per cent in the September quarter. […]

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Regional gambling data points to a recovery in discretionary spending in key regional cities

Latest annual data on gaming machine activity in hotels and clubs suggests that gambling expenditure – i.e. player losses – has partially recovered in the key northern regional economies of Whyalla, Port Augusta and the group of councils comprising Roxby Downs, Coober Pedy and Flinders Ranges. These recoveries follow relatively large falls over earlier years […]

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A new start for Newstart? – Peter Gill & Michael O’Neil

Accountants have been known to say: ‘The maths don’t lie.’ If that’s the case then the calls by a range of commentators, including within the business sector, for an increase in the unemployment ‘benefit’, Newstart, have merit.
So what story do the numbers tell?
Newstart has not been increased in real terms since 1994. Adjusted only for […]

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SA Data Wrap – Stable Unemployment and Weak Housing Finance Commitments – Tania Dey

Unemployment rate stabilises, more full time jobs created despite downturn in employment growth
The September 2018 Labour Force Survey results – released by the ABS today – indicate that through mid 2018 the SA labour market has been in its best condition since 2012. However, improvements in the labour market appear to have now stalled.
In September […]

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What’s the real price of hunger and poverty? – Michael O’Neil & Peter Gill

What does it say about a country that sits near the top of the list of highest income per capita nations in the world that more than four million of its people, or 18% of its population, often go hungry?
And while you consider that thought, is it surprising that we don’t know the social and […]

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SA Data Wrap – Our ageing regions

In this edition of the Data Wrap we consider the latest regional population estimates which emphasise that not only do South Australian regions face demographic challenges in terms of falling or slow growing populations, but also population ageing. We also review the latest results in respect of retail sales, building approvals and job vacancies.
Our ageing […]

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Stretton Fellowship: The Value of Social Enterprise

SACES has published a new report on the Value of Social Enterprise, commissioned by the Stretton Centre, in conjunction with Housing SA, now operating as the South Australian Housing Authority (SAHA).
The report provides estimates of the social value of social enterprise using two case studies of projects operating in South Australia. The study found that […]

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South Australian Budget 2018/19

Yesterday Treasurer Rob Lucas brought down the Marshall Government’s first Budget.
The Budget foreshadows a significant contraction in the SA public sector’s share of the economy, with the ratio of expenses to GDP projected to fall from a little over 18 per cent of gross state product (GSP) in 2017/18 to 16.4 per cent of GSP […]

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