ABC News | 18 February 2014

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Queensland has low average incomes by national standards

A resource focused economy is not working.

All boom, no benefit? by CPD’s Laura Eadie and Michael Hayman has revealed striking differences between the average wages in Queensland and Western Australia, states that both have resource focused economies. An article at the ABC has the story.

All Boom, No Benefit? Why Queensland needs a new economic strategy shows that while Western Australian average incomes are almost 20% above the national standard, Queensland household incomes are 5% lower.

Laura Eadie believes that a high number of fly-in, fly-out workers may be causing the higher mining wages to be distributed elsewhere. Michael Roche of the Queensland Resources Council says that most workers live in, and spend their money in Queensland.


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Read the full report All Boom, No Benefit? Why Queensland needs a new economic strategy


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