Author Archives: Grog

Vale the 43rd Parliament… or not?

And so the 43rd parliament ends… or perhaps not. Rudd said today in Question Time that the September 14 date is an issue because of Yom Kippur (Personally I think this is more of an excuse than an issue). Now … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Election | 10 Comments

Federer releases his solo album, “Sunday Too Far Away”

Well bugger. Last night after all the political back and forth, the waiting around for Rudd to make a speech, the listening to journalist after journalist after journalist talk to journalist after journalist after journalist about what they think might … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Sport, Tennis | 3 Comments

Rudd Redux: Julia Gillard gone after 3 years

Three years ago on the night when Julia Gillard challenged Kevin Rudd I wrote: On the QT: The ALP: How to completely screw it up … But its all irrelevant, because this evening it was reported that moves were underway … Continue reading

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Unemployment State by State Picture

And so to the state situation on the labour force data. There’s a fair myriad of stuff you can look at – full-time v part-time, men v women. In the past I have examined some of these with respect to … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Employment | 1 Comment

Australia’s Unemployment Rate ‘steady’ at 5.5%

Today the ABS released the May unemployment numbers. They showed that in seasonally adjusted terms Australia’s unemployment rate was steady at 5.5%, in trend terms it rose to 5.6%. It’s is steady in the fact that last month the ABS … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Economy, Employment

Friday Night Relaxer: Triple J’s Hottest 100 1993-2012

This is my first Friday Night Relaxer for a while… since June 2011 to be exact. They used to be among my favourite blog posts to write and to be honest since stopping writing them I have never really felt … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Friday Night Relaxer, Music | 5 Comments

Australia’s GDP grows by 0.6% in March, 2.6% for the past year

First the obligatory, “less than analysists” expected sentence. OK. Now onto the data. Yep, the ABS in the midst of the quarterly economic nerd week, released the national accounts today. Growth was below trend. Even trend growth was below trend. … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, GDP, Industrial Relations, Productivity | 4 Comments

Drum Post– The Aussie Dollar goes down and up and… ?

My Drum piece this week looked at the exchange rate and how it really is a bugger of a thing to predict – especially when you try and apply economic principles to it. Given it has only got 64 comments, … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Exchange Rate, The Drum | 1 Comment

Unemployment Rate: State v State (Or don’t be a woman in QLD)

As we move into State of Origin season let’s check out the employment situation on a state by state basis. First let’s check out the employment growth in April in seasonally adjusted terms. It’s always a bit iffy to look … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Economy, Employment | 2 Comments

Australia’s Unemployment Rate down to 5.5%

Last month when the unemployment rate rose to 5.6% I summarized it saying: And that’ll do use for another month. Not great – 5,6% is certainly above where you’d like to be, but the trend of 5.5% at least gives … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Employment | 1 Comment