OPINION

Master Builders Backs Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Program

Master Builders Backs Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Program

The Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Program announced today is welcomed by Master Builders Australia as it is designed to benefit our veterans by working closely with the business community.

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Senators must restore the ABCC and put union corruption to bed

Senators must restore the ABCC and put union corruption to bed

Australia's national resource industry employer group, AMMA, is urging Senate crossbenchers to rise above the union-influenced ALP/Greens/Lambie alliance and do what is in the national interest by voting to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) and create a new Registered Organisations Commission.

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Spectacular cost blowouts show need to keep governments honest on transport

Spectacular cost blowouts show need to keep governments honest on transport

In October, Fairfax Media reported that the Parramatta Light Rail is set to cost the NSW government not A$1 billion (together with part of the proceeds of a levy on new residential developments), as budgeted, but a whopping A$3.5 billion.*

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City's Growth At Stake

City's Growth At Stake

Queenslanders, particularly those from the north of the state, are famous for their "have a go" attitude.

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Grattan on Friday: Industrial bills test Turnbull's negotiating skills - and backbone

Grattan on Friday: Industrial bills test Turnbull's negotiating skills - and backbone

Malcolm Turnbull laughs off the suggestion that this week's extraordinary developments mean the Senate is in chaos. Okay, let's humour the Prime Minister. The upper house looks a teeny bit messy and the future composition of the crossbench a tad uncertain, right?

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Victorian Labour Hire Inquiry Report raises some valid issues, but not all of the recommendations have merit

Victorian Labour Hire Inquiry Report raises some valid issues, but not all of the recommendations have merit

"The Report of the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work, raises some valid issues but not all of the recommendations have merit. It is essential that in dealing with a very small minority of disreputable labour hire operators, an undue regulatory burden is not imposed on the vast majority of labour hire companies and their clients," said Tim Piper, head of the Victorian branch of the Australian Industry Group.

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New tax legislation removes GAIC exemptions for land used  for utilities and transport infrastructure

New tax legislation removes GAIC exemptions for land used for utilities and transport infrastructure

On 11 October 2016, the State Taxation Acts Further Amendment Bill 2016 (Bill) was introduced to the Victorian State Government. The Bill proposes key changes to the payment regime of the Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) on public purpose land in Victoria under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Vic) (Act).

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Infrastructure Australia chairman delivers quarterly update

Infrastructure Australia chairman delivers quarterly update

Today Infrastructure Australia published its 2015-16 Annual Report to Parliament, detailing a year of strong delivery against our mandate to guide nationally-significant infrastructure investment and reform.

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How politicians' reckless promises are distorting transport infrastructure spending

How politicians' reckless promises are distorting transport infrastructure spending

Australian governments spent $28 billion more on transport infrastructure over the past 15 years than they told taxpayers they would spend, a new Grattan Institute report has found.

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ABCC essential to return the rule of law to building sites

ABCC essential to return the rule of law to building sites

It is essential that the ABCC Bill is passed without delay in order to deliver vital reforms to the building and construction industry and to reduce the costs that are ultimately borne by the entire community. Without its passage the unlawful and inappropriate conduct being constantly and widely displayed by construction unions will continue unabated.

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