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Tunney talks

Posted by: Gordon Campbell | Gordon Campbell 22 October, 2014 - 5:42 PM
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4BC Drive: Peter Beattie's unapologetic approach to the overspending has come under fire from the Auditor-General.

His major complaint is the fact that Beattie did not have a business nodel on which to base the building of 3 new hospitals in South-East Queensland.

The $2.2bn budget blowout was defended by Beattie, who said, "This is government, not business."

Joining Ben Davis on 4BC Drive is Gene Tunney, Brisbane economist and former Federal Treasury staffer, who looks at the argument between Beattie and Springborg.

Peter Beattie's a brilliant politician, and what he's trying to do is change the battlefield.

"You've got to question, at the time, if the decision was the right one," advised Tunney, "because if they'd known how much those hospitals would have cost, maybe they might  have looked at other options."

"Maybe they would have looked at boosting services somewhere else, or expanding an existing hospital.

"But the problem was the process - the fact that the government committed itself to building these hospitals based on a lowqer estimates than what they would cost at the end.

NAPLAN moves online

Posted by: Gina Baker | Gina Baker 25 September, 2014 - 7:03 PM
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4BC Drive: The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) are planning to move NAPLAN test online.  

ACARA CEO Rob Randall told 4BC Drive there are many benefits to delivering the test via a computer or tablet.

In future the testing program will be able to provide real time results allowing questions to be tailored to students according to their ability.

“Instead of the very strong students just getting everything right we will stretch them a little bit and see what they actually can do”.

“The turnaround on results will be much faster”.

“Our research tells us the students will be more engaged, they would prefer this to the paper and pencil mode”, he said.

Mr Randall say the new approach will still mean use national standards and will give ACARA more confidence in identify areas where children are struggling making their findings more accurate than in the past.

The Competition Policy Review

Posted by: Lauren Gillin | Lauren Gillin 23 September, 2014 - 5:50 PM
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4BC Drive: The Competition Policy Review is looking at revamping regulations surrounding competition in Australia.

It is the first such review undertaken in 20 years and draft recommendations were release yesterday.

Among the many things they cover are fuel prices, electricity supply, trading hours and price matching.

The Chairman of the Review Panel, Professor Ian Harper ran Ben Davis through some of the more contentious recommendations like the deregulation of community pharmacies and selling alcohol in supermarkets.

The Proffessor says the  panel also recommended a uniformed approach to trading hours meaning retailers in every state will be able to set their own trading hours.

"Restricting the capacity of bricks and motor retailers to trade when they want to trade is trying their hands behind back when dealing with online competition", he said.

The final report of the review board is due in March next year

Professor Ian Harper says the panel is now in a period of consolation and is seeking submission from the public and encourages listeners to head to the review’s website. http://competitionpolicyreview.gov.au/

LISTEN: Professor Ian Harper explains the Competition Policy Reviews draft reccomendations

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Must Do Brisbane

Posted by: Candice Marshall | Candice Marshall 13 June, 2014 - 3:57 PM
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4BC Drive: Looking for something to do in the River City this weekend?

Ben Davis speaks to Jodi Panayotov from Must Do Brisbane.com about some exciting things going on

This weekend Jodi suggests...

*Love-Song-Circus (QPAC's Cremorne Theatre)

*Cribbie: A nostalgic musical play about a Brisbane suburb that disappeared (Ipswhich Civic Centre)

*Chalet Bar (a cosy underground hideaway in Spring Hill that is as close as it gets to an apres ski lodge bar without leaving Brisbane)

*Racecourse Road Winter Lights Festival

*Highland House (a family busineness servicing Brisbane's Scottish community)

*Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt (Ipswhich Civic Centre) 

 

LISTEN: Jodi Panayotov from Must Do Brisbane.com

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Must Do Brisbane

Posted by: Staff Writers | Staff Writers 6 June, 2014 - 4:21 PM
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4BC Drive: Looking for something to do in the River City this weekend?

Ben Davis speaks to Jodi Panayotov from Must Do Brisbane.com about some exciting things happening. 

For this long weekend Jodi suggests...

*Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival

*Rugby Union’s Wallabies vs France game

*The Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway

*Open house and guided tours of Government House

*Lifeline Bookfest

And for the kids...

*‘History Alive’ at Fort Lytton

*The new ndoor trampoline park at Tingalpa. 

LISTEN: Jodi Panayotov from Must Do Brisbane.com

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