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Almost finished the workshop exercises for Week 5, around economic surplus and government intervention. Some of the lecture material seemed almost political, the effect of government taxes, subsidies and even the minimum wage on competitive markets. It has given me an interesting insight into why governments step in, and who benefits.

I left Portobello yesterday as scheduled. Despite the rain, the power blackout and the stairs, I had enjoyed the simplicity and convenience of the little apartment. It had been an idyllic few days, although I missed sharing the highlights with H. I am sure he would have enjoyed the coastal walks, the swim in the sea, and the nearby coffee houses and Asian-style restaurants.

I wanted to go for another swim before I left the Sunshine Coast, but being perfect weather, and a Friday (when nobody works?) the beaches were packed. I managed to squeeze into the car park at Shelly Beach, where there was a school group studying the rock pools. I went for a quick dip further along the beach, where I noticed a couple of other people. The surf there was a bit too strong for me and I made the sensible decision not to venture too far or too long in it.

Leaving Caloundra, I skipped the Bruce Highway exit and took the longer inland route home via Kilcoy. Stopped at Maleny Botanic Gardens, photos below. The Glasshouse Mountains are a stunning backdrop, and the feature of several different vantage points from the terraced gardens.

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