OPINION

The Buy Queensland strategy breaks international trade deals

The Queensland government's new controversial procurement strategy stacks the deck of public tenders against interstate and international suppliers, and is illegitimate under Australia's free trade agreements.

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The developing nations don't need more handouts, they need roads!

"If you build it, they will come". These were the illustrious words on the wind that inspired an Iowa farmer in the 1989 blockbuster, Field of Dreams, to level corn and plant a baseball diamond for resurrected legends in its stead. But the words that brought a Chicago White Sox team back from the dead are not only good for a night of 'Totally 80s: Trivial Pursuit'. They're just as handy in the boardrooms of world economic development.

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The government is backing the wrong industries as our economy changes: Productivity Commission

The Australian government is still protecting industries that employ a small number of people. This is while the largest employer, the services sector, is subject to the largest tariffs, a recent Productivity Commission report demonstrates.

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Construction cop back on the beat

The construction watchdog is back, but the industry is in no better shape than it was a decade ago, says Australian Building and Construction Commissioner Nigel Hadgkiss.

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Three charts on: the changing face of Australian union members

What comes to mind when I say union member? Perhaps it conjures up a blue collar construction or factory worker. Well data on unions shows it's more likely to be a lawyer or teacher.

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The advantages of renting an overhead crane in competitive industries

As technology continues to advance exponentially, adaptability is key to business success. For industrial companies, it's not economical or logical to consistently replace large, heavy pieces of machinery or plant like cranes every time a new piece of technology comes along because these items are large capital investments.

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More action needed to protect vital infrastructure corridors 

Roads Australia president comments on the latest Infrastructure Australia discussion paper.

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PROCORE: Master productivity to become the solution, not the risk

Of all the risks that project managers try to mitigate each day, time management is one of their biggest adversaries. Almost one third of the time the failure to deliver a project on schedule and within budget is linked back to poor project management.

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Impending traffic chaos? Beware the problematic West Gate Tunnel Forecast

The recently released environmental effects statement and transportation impact assessment for the proposed West Gate Tunnel project in Melbourne's western and inner suburbs have once again sparked debate about the future of mobility in Australian cities, and the ability of large road projects to provide it.

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A day in the life of a crane operator

The world of cranes is vast and varied. There are a number of different types of cranes used within the construction industry, all with seemingly endless models, functions and capabilities. Not only are cranes an integral part of most construction projects lifting and hoisting material by the ton, they are also a complicated piece of machinery to man, and can be dangerous due to their sheer size and power.

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