Australia Tasmania again outperforms other states
Turner's gutsy century gives WA hope
The one-day match between WA and Tasmania in Perth had to get approval by WA Police to go ahead following a COVID-19 scare in southern Tasmania.The Warriors slumped to 3-16 and 7-81 after winning the toss and electing to bat in Friday's clash at the WACA Ground.
Tasmania remains Australia's best performing state, a position it has held for nearly two years and one it doesn't look like giving up in a hurry.
In Commonwealth Securities' quarterly State of States report, chief economist Craig James says there is little to separate other states and territories.
"Overall, Australia's state and territory economies are in strong shape, well supported by significant fiscal and monetary stimulus," Mr James said.
"Unemployment rates are historically low across much of the nation – remarkable when you consider the COVID-19 challenges and when the broader Australian economy was in recession just over a year ago."
Restrictions remain in Tasmania despite lockdown exit this evening
Tasmania's lockdown for the 12 LGAs in the state's south will end at 6pm tonight, Premier Peter Gutwein has announced. Mask wearing will still be mandatory both indoors and outdoors until 6pm on Friday for anyone aged over 12, except for people in their own home or in a vehicle with an immediate family member.Masks will also not be mandatory for anyone undertaking vigorous exercise.LIVE UPDATES: Tasmania to come out of snap lockdown later today © Getty Southern Tasmania will exit its three-day snap lockdown this evening.
Each quarter CommSec assesses states and territory economies on eight key indicators - economic growth, retail spending, equipment investment, unemployment, construction work done, population growth, housing finance and dwelling commencements.
Tasmania leads the pack for a seventh consecutive quarter, and Mr James said the island state's dominance is unlikely to be toppled until mid-2022 at the earliest.
"Much will depend on vaccination rates, and reopening of state and foreign borders," he said.
Tasmania leads on four of the eight indicators - construction, retail spending, unemployment and dwelling starts - and ranks second on another three indicators - equipment investment, economic and population growth.
The ACT is second overall, leading on equipment investment and second on retail spending, while Western Australia and NSW are equal third.
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WA ranked first on relative economic growth and second on relative unemployment, while NSW was first in terms of housing finance and third on dwelling starts.
South Australia - joint fifth with Victoria - ranked second on both dwelling starts and construction work done. Victoria was second on housing finance and third on construction work done.
Queensland is seventh, ranking third on population growth, unemployment and retail spending.
Northern Territory is eighth, ranking second on population growth.
Looking ahead, Mr James expects Queensland will be a key beneficiary of the opening of borders with interstate and overseas tourism driving spending and employment.
"Queensland and Northern Territory will be supported by population growth and higher commodity prices," he said.
Search for missing man Thomas Courto and boat ends off Tasmania's north-west coast .
The search for a man missing in waters off Tasmania's north-west is called off 11 days after he was last seen and more than week after the bodies of two of his friends washed ashore.Mr Courto and two of his friends — Bree-Anna Thomas and Isaiah Dixon — failed to return from a day trip on the water on October 18.