OPINION

Coalition of business groups calls for decisive action to rescue Australia's ailing apprenticeship system

Coalition of business groups calls for decisive action to rescue Australia's ailing apprenticeship system

Australia's peak business organisations have united to call on governments to take urgent action to avert an imminent crisis in our apprenticeship system, one that risks leaving young people without pathways to work and many businesses unable to access the skills they need to grow.

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No room for backflips on safety

No room for backflips on safety

Unions 'right of entry' is fundamental to safety - so says Senator Nick Xenophon, and I agree with him.

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The 20th century saw a 23-fold increase in natural resources used for building

The 20th century saw a 23-fold increase in natural resources used for building

The volume of natural resources used in buildings and transport infrastructure increased 23-fold between 1900 and 2010, according to our research*. Globally, there are now 800 billion tonnes of natural resource "stock" tied up in these constructions, two-thirds of it in industrialised nations alone.

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Domestic Violence Leave: Industry welcomes Vice President Watson's decision to reject Union claim

Domestic Violence Leave: Industry welcomes Vice President Watson's decision to reject Union claim

"Industry welcomes today's decision of Vice President Graeme Watson to reject the unions claim for paid domestic violence leave in all awards," Innes Willox, chief executive of the Australian Industry Group said.

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Here's what must be done to detect, disrupt and deter phoenix activity in Australia

Here's what must be done to detect, disrupt and deter phoenix activity in Australia

To stamp out illegal phoenix activity, directors should be required to have identification numbers. And, if they've had many corporate failures, they should be classed in a new probationary category, our research shows.

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WestConnex audit offers another $17B lesson in how not to fund infrastructure

WestConnex audit offers another $17B lesson in how not to fund infrastructure

The way we throw money at major transport projects almost guarantees billions of Australian taxpayers' dollars are wasted.

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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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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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