OPINION

From Smart Cities 1.0 to 2.0: it's not (only) about the tech

Australia, one of the world's most urbanised nations, is looking to up its investment in digital technologies to make our cities work better.

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Company Tax Cuts Needed As Resource Construction Dips To Seven Year Low

The value of resource and civil construction (engineering construction) has fallen to its lowest level since March 2009 confirming the need for policy reforms to aid the economy in getting over the construction phase of the mining boom.

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Victoria needs a big-picture transport plan that isn't about winners v losers

There has been no shortage of ideas about how to spend the A$9.7 billion the Victorian government will receive from selling a 50-year lease for the Port of Melbourne.

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Value capture: a good idea to fund infrastructure but not easy in practice

Is "value capture" a wonderful untapped opportunity to fulfil all our infrastructure dreams? Or is it just a new way to sting the taxpayer?

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Focus on the sweet spot for project success

The fate of a major project is usually assessed in terms of how it fared in achieving time, cost and scope parameters.

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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

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 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

"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

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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