Insights

Since our establishment in 2004, Synergies has witnessed a great deal of change in policy and regulatory settings across numerous industry sectors. Our Insight articles are prepared by senior members of our team and provide commentary and perspectives on a range of issues.

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Port of Darwin privatisation triggers new regulatory regime

On 15 October 2015, the Northern Territory (NT) Government announced the successful bidder for the Port of Darwin - Landbridge ...

20 October, 2015

QCA Draft Decision: Queensland Rail Draft Access Undertaking

On 8 October 2015, the QCA released its draft decision on Queensland Rail’s (QR’s) most recent draft access undertaking proposal ...

13 October, 2015

Bad Questions and Better Questions for the Australian Economy

There are two economic questions Australians should stop asking. Despite seeming relatively innocuous, they are often loaded with biases from ...

24 September, 2015

Business leaders get the wrong end of the stick

Queensland is experiencing tough times. Recently released official figures show the domestic portion of the economy is contracting. However, these ...

10 September, 2015

Let’s party: How do events impact on economic well being?

The benefits of sporting and cultural events are typically discussed in terms of their impacts on gross domestic product, employment ...

23 June, 2015

China-Australia FTA: Miracle or Mirage

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) has been promoted as a landmark economic achievement with our biggest trading partner and ...

21 May, 2015

Australia’s economic challenges in three graphs

Australia is a prosperous nation. In the decade to 2012 we reaped the benefits of a terms of trade boom ...

18 May, 2015

Re:think or repeat? Australia’s tax system needs a better vision

Deteriorating economic conditions are making tax reform more essential than ever. The underlying budget deficit is widening as the resources ...

05 May, 2015

Google Bus – is Google to blame for rising rents in San Francisco?

Rents close to Google bus stops have increased by 20-30% and local residents are up in arms. How should San ...

05 January, 2015

Unlocking the value of nature based tourism in Western Australia

Western Australia has a wealth of natural beauty and unique landscapes in the state’s national parks, state forests and marine ...

23 September, 2014

WSAA Report: Improving Economic Regulation of Urban Water

A recent report prepared by Frontier Economics for the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) compares the current regulatory ...

17 September, 2014

Uber-powerful Monopolies & their Discontents

Taxis are an important component of Queensland’s transport system, bridging the gap where private or public transport is not available ...

26 August, 2014

If money doesn’t make you happy, then you probably aren’t spending it right

People can spend money to buy many sources of happiness, such as living longer and healthier lives and having leisure ...

15 July, 2014

Water markets enter a new phase with first trade in environmental water

The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) has recently announced that it will commence trading some of the Government’s 1700 giga ...

17 February, 2014

Development of cities

Urbanisation will be one of the most important drivers of economic growth of this century. Latest United Nations figures reveal ...

06 February, 2014

Time to consider private water trusts for managing environmental water

In a previous Synergies Insight article we commented on the implications of the Commonwealth’s recent entry into water markets as ...

02 February, 2014

Charity Bins

When you drive past your local charity bins, it is not uncommon to see a mountain of broken white goods, ...

04 November, 2013

Competitive tendering in resource allocation

Market forces can be applied in resource allocation or service delivery decisions by Governments through competitive tendering. The use of ...

30 September, 2013

The freedom to hose your driveway

A friend of mine is a big fan of air conditioning and the clothes dryer, even when it is sunny. ...

25 March, 2013

Is High Price a Rip – off?

An article in the Courier Mail reported that an iconic rock band was charging fans to meet the band at ...

23 March, 2013

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