by economist Gene Tunny
Following last year’s state budget, I posted on how Brisbane’s inner city was the big winner regarding state government capital spending. That continues in 2020-21 with the continuation of the huge Cross River Rail project (see chart below). Out of budgeted state government capital purchases of $12.6 billion in 2020-21, $3.1 billion is budgeted to be spent in inner Brisbane, with transport projects (largely Cross River Rail) accounting for $1.7 billion of that. Of course, people across the metro area can benefit from projects in inner Brisbane, but it still looks like a huge disparity to me.