OPINION

Work councils could be the future of Australian industrial democracy in an ABCC world

Work councils could be the future of Australian industrial democracy in an ABCC world

Work councils are one model of industrial relations that could potentially fill the enormous gap in Australian industrial democracy left by precarious employment and the decline of the union movement.

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Work councils could be the future of Australian industrial democracy in an ABCC world

Work councils could be the future of Australian industrial democracy in an ABCC world

Work councils are one model of industrial relations that could potentially fill the enormous gap in Australian industrial democracy left by precarious employment and the decline of the union movement.

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Roe 8 fails the tests of responsible 21st-century infrastructure planning

Roe 8 fails the tests of responsible 21st-century infrastructure planning

The Beeliar Group of professors formed recently to oppose the building of a new highway, called Roe 8, through an important wetland and woodland regional park in Perth's southern suburbs.

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Enterprise bargaining on the brink of failure

Enterprise bargaining on the brink of failure

When a highly respected senior member of the Fair Work Commission such as vice-president Graeme Watson resigns and makes such a damning assessment of the workplace relations system, you have to stand up and say that something is truly wrong.

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Workplace falls seriously injure 21 Australians every day

Workplace falls seriously injure 21 Australians every day

Every single day, some 21 Australians suffer serious injuries from a fall at work and require a week or more off - with six weeks off being the average - according to research analysed by LINQ Height Safety Equipment.

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Apprentice and trainee numbers continue to decline in Australia

Apprentice and trainee numbers continue to decline in Australia

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released the latest figures on apprentice and trainee numbers in the June 2016 quarter.

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How Australia can spread the benefits of our bulging infrastructure pipeline

How Australia can spread the benefits of our bulging infrastructure pipeline

Good infrastructure can transform the social fabric of local communities, regional economies and national prosperity. The 2012 Olympics' impact on London's East End and the Guggenheim Museum's role in revitalising Bilbao in northern Spain are examples of how infrastructure projects can regenerate disadvantaged communities by creating a new sense of identity and pride.

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Government's new critical infrastructure list raises more questions than it answers for investors

Government's new critical infrastructure list raises more questions than it answers for investors

The government's latest move to tighten the regulations for overseas investors may provide some clarity on what's off limits for some projects but it doesn't resolve the ongoing debate on what type of approach the government will take to foreign investment.

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Australia needs to invest if it wants the tourism boom to continue

Australia needs to invest if it wants the tourism boom to continue

Tourism has been the good news story for Australia's economy over the past year. The latest numbers show 8.2 million international tourists visited Australia in the year to November. This is an 11.4% increase on the year before. Domestic tourism also grew 7% during this period.

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Putting people at the heart of transport planning

Putting people at the heart of transport planning

It's no secret that we need to build smarter. With more than half the world's population now living in urban areas and with an estimated 70% living in cities by 2050, we need to get better at creating great transport that generates public benefits beyond just increased mobility options.

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