Deloitte Queensland Index
Gala Edition 2012
Welcome to the 2012 Deloitte Queensland Index –
Gala Edition, an annual review of Queensland stocks and indices.
This special edition of the Index showcases the top five Queensland listed companies by market capitalisation over the past year. This year we have also included feature articles that discuss key issues facing Queensland companies.
While resource booms provide immense opportunities to grow the wealth of a nation, they also create considerable challenges in crafting public policy. Senior Economic Advisor Henry Ergas discusses the so-called ‘resource curse’ in the context of Australian governance.
Australia’s two-speed economy means that many are not feeling the economic recovery occurring in Queensland. Deloitte Access Economics’ Chris Richardson provides an analysis on the recovery of the economy from the floods and cyclones of recent times, as well as the investment environment going forward, including the pressures brought on by large project development.
Agriculture has always played an integral part in the Queensland economy. Global population growth and changing consumer preferences are driving a sustained increase in food demand. Rob McConnel and Jackie White discuss the competition between food production and natural resources, amongst other pertinent issues for the agribusiness sector.
Queensland’s substantial infrastructure pipeline will require a significant volume of funding to ensure its construction. The financial crisis has radically altered the financing environment for large scale infrastructure projects. Mark Ingham and Luke Houghton discuss the different financing options available, or in development, in a credit-constrained economy.
The resources sector is facing many challenges, including the turning commodity price cycle, labour and equipment shortages, and new taxation regimes. Julian Dolby and Steve Dyson write that mining operators have an imperative to achieve sustainable improvements throughout the entire operational value chain.
Growth in resources sector-related demand, competition for talent and the need to reduce costs are all factors influencing corporate leasing decisions in 2012. Nick Harwood, John Greig and Phil Windus discuss the options available to businesses in this environment, particularly regarding relocation to the fringe office market in Brisbane.
And finally, Tendai Mkwananzi and Jacques Van Rhyn discuss the inextricable link between Australia and Africa through natural resources, as well as the opportunities available, and incentives to invest, in African resources.
Queensland business faces ongoing challenges notwithstanding the significant benefits of the resources boom. At Deloitte, we believe there is ongoing opportunity for Queensland – in the corporate, government, not-for-profit and private sectors. We are committed to working across our state, and the nation, to help our clients grow.
For information regarding the Deloitte Queensland Index, please contact the Editor: Benjamin Hensman | +61 7 3308 7389.
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