OPINION

To get the 'good debt' tick, infrastructure needs to be fit for future

In distinguishing between "good" and "bad" debt, federal Treasurer Scott Morrison equates good debt with infrastructure investment. However, not all infrastructure investment announced in the budget is necessarily "good".

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Welcome to the future of transportation - underground roads!

Elon Musk has announced a futuristic vision of transportation involving underground roadway systems beneath bustling cities such as Los Angeles. The venture that will make it all happen, called 'The Boring Company', will rely on a vast network of tunnels (hence 'boring') and has been dubbed "amazing and impossible" by commentators.

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Victorian budget splash raises questions about privatisation

Treasurer Tim Pallas brought down the Victorian budget this week, with a surprising list of new spending announcements. The increased spend is possible because of a big increase in the level of privatisation activity, in the form of either Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) or asset recycling initiatives.

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Three charts on: crane-spotting, a way to tell which Australian cities are growing and where

Crane-spotters rejoice. The 10th Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) Crane Index is public. And the news is, well, rather illuminating.

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Will on-site robotics become feasible in construction?

Over the last few years we've seen concepts and pilot projects for construction site robotics. Peter Novikov, Enrico Dini, Wolf D. Prix, and others have shown what on-site robotics can already accomplish.

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Skills shortages in Australia

The Commonwealth Department of Employment recently released a publication highlighting skilled occupations that are facing shortages or recruitment difficulties within Australia.

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Are apprenticeship degrees an answer to worker capability moving forward?

Ai Group is modelling its recent calls to integrate trades skills into higher level qualifications by managing a pilot program that shakes up the current apprenticeship model.

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The 'clean coal' row shouldn't distract us from using carbon capture for other industries

Since the February blackouts in South Australia, the Australian government has increased its interest in carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS). However, in Australia and elsewhere, CCS is closely associated to so-called "clean coal" technologies. The media sometimes treats them as one and the same thing.

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Why suburban tensions and inequality will drive infrastructure innovation

The global trend towards suburbanisation and suburbanisms (meaning suburban ways of life) has an important infrastructure dimension. In both growing and shrinking suburbs, decisions on infrastructure - mobility systems, water and waste water systems, and energy distribution and production networks - have been central.

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Politicians Can't Walk Away From Tough Decisions

Parliamentarians who are weighing up whether to accept the independent umpire's decision on penalty rates must ask themselves five critical questions. First, what are we giving up on if we don't make this common sense change to penalty rates?

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