OPINION

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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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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A New Era of Construction Quality with IoT and Blockchain

A New Era of Construction Quality with IoT and Blockchain

A construction project is a network of hundreds of processes, participants, products, and materials. It's no wonder that everything does not always go as planned. A building or infrastructure can have defects that are costly to repair and that can end up in lawsuits. The Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain technologies could give construction quality management a much-needed boost.

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We need to find new ways to measure the Australian labour force

We need to find new ways to measure the Australian labour force

Over the last few years, we've seen a massive shift in the way we work. Thousands of Australians have abandoned the traditional 40-hour work week to work fewer hours or take on ad-hoc work, such as driving for Uber or doing odd jobs on Airtasker.

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Will automation take away all our jobs (video)?

Will automation take away all our jobs (video)?

Technology plays an important role in most sectors, construction included, in increasing a company's competitive edge.

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MYFEO was just another example of politicians playing favourites on infrastructure

MYFEO was just another example of politicians playing favourites on infrastructure

The latest Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) further entrenches the Commonwealth's habit of playing favourites with the states when it comes to infrastructure spending.

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