OPINION

A closer look at business cases raises questions about 'priority' national infrastructure projects

A closer look at business cases raises questions about 'priority' national infrastructure projects

Infrastructure Australia's latest infrastructure has been criticised for being "too Sydney-centric" and for giving Melbourne's East West Link, cancelled in 2014, "high priority" status. The cancelled Roe 8 project in Perth was removed from the list.

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Sidelining citizens when deciding on transport projects is asking for trouble

Sidelining citizens when deciding on transport projects is asking for trouble

Citizen engagement is, or should be, central to city planning. When it comes to planning and implementing transport infrastructure the focus tends to be on how to engage the public, when to engage, and what form this should take. But we should be asking another, more important question: how can citizen engagement make infrastructure planning more democratic?

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Unions have a history of merging - that's why the new 'super union' makes sense

Unions have a history of merging - that's why the new 'super union' makes sense

Australian trade unions have always changed and merged to reflect the shifting nature of work and employment, as industries and occupations disappear or develop.

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The war on talent

The war on talentLock icon2

State against state, mate against mate, no this is not a State of Origin rugby league match, but a state turf war over talented professionals who are hot property for contracting consortiums who have won lucrative tenders to deliver Australia's record infrastructure program of work.

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New Hebron offshore oil platform a Canadian engineering marvel

New Hebron offshore oil platform a Canadian engineering marvel

Incredible feats of engineering and construction have been accomplished by Canadians throughout our history - the Confederation Bridge, the CN Tower, the transcontinental railway, Rideau Canal, the CANDU nuclear reactor and Canadarm, to name just a few.

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All the signs point to our big cities' need for democratic, metro-scale governance

All the signs point to our big cities' need for democratic, metro-scale governance

Infrastructure Australia has called for metropolitan-scale governance of Australia's largest cities.

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Smart money: a better way for Australia to select big transport infrastructure projects

Smart money: a better way for Australia to select big transport infrastructure projects

Australia needs to change the way it assesses potential infrastructure projects, to ensure that governments can better understand which road and rail projects are worth building.

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Don't dwell on the dunny - an uncomfortable topic

Don't dwell on the dunny - an uncomfortable topicLock icon2

Typically a construction worker will grab the newspaper or mobile device as he heads to the dunny? This might be relaxing but it could be bad for your "Bulli Pass".

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How gender equality can help fix the construction industry

How gender equality can help fix the construction industry

The government-commissioned Farmer Review in 2016 that the UK construction industry was "facing challenges that have not been seen before". In no uncertain terms, it called for major industry-wide change. The "overwhelming risks" foreseen in the review sadly seem to have come to pass.

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Don't just blame the driver - there's more than one cause of fatal truck crashes

Don't just blame the driver - there's more than one cause of fatal truck crashes

Recent truck driver fatalities in New South Wales and a call for action by Toll managing director Michael Byrne have refocused attention on the safety of Australia's road transport industry.

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