OPINION

Three charts on: the changing face of Australian union members

Three charts on: the changing face of Australian union members

What comes to mind when I say union member? Perhaps it conjures up a blue collar construction or factory worker. Well data on unions shows it's more likely to be a lawyer or teacher.

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The advantages of renting an overhead crane in competitive industries

The advantages of renting an overhead crane in competitive industries

As technology continues to advance exponentially, adaptability is key to business success. For industrial companies, it's not economical or logical to consistently replace large, heavy pieces of machinery or plant like cranes every time a new piece of technology comes along because these items are large capital investments.

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More action needed to protect vital infrastructure corridors 

More action needed to protect vital infrastructure corridors 

Roads Australia president comments on the latest Infrastructure Australia discussion paper.

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Impending traffic chaos? Beware the problematic West Gate Tunnel Forecast

Impending traffic chaos? Beware the problematic West Gate Tunnel Forecast

The recently released environmental effects statement and transportation impact assessment for the proposed West Gate Tunnel project in Melbourne's western and inner suburbs have once again sparked debate about the future of mobility in Australian cities, and the ability of large road projects to provide it.

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A day in the life of a crane operator

A day in the life of a crane operator

The world of cranes is vast and varied. There are a number of different types of cranes used within the construction industry, all with seemingly endless models, functions and capabilities. Not only are cranes an integral part of most construction projects lifting and hoisting material by the ton, they are also a complicated piece of machinery to man, and can be dangerous due to their sheer size and power.

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Letting our capes fly: why engineers are awesome

Letting our capes fly: why engineers are awesome

You don't have to sit a five-year-old down and teach her the physical and psychological benefits of building forts. Chances are she has wrecked your lounge many times before.

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Large-scale investment and what it means for Non-Destructive Digging

Large-scale investment and what it means for Non-Destructive Digging

Large-scale investment into Australian infrastructure means that our concrete landscape is set to change. What this means for our roads and for the Non-Destructive Digging market?

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Trucks are destroying our roads and not picking up the repair cost

Trucks are destroying our roads and not picking up the repair cost

It's high time Australia changed its current road user charges for trucks. The shortfall between the charges for heavy vehicles and the money spent on things like road system maintenance, construction costs, road crashes involving heavy trucks, emissions, pollution and urban road congestion amounts to a taxpayer subsidy for the industry of at least $3 billion per annum.

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Canberra needs eyes wide open

Canberra needs eyes wide open

Sydney is getting its long-overdue second airport and that is very good news for western Sydney - and the whole country. The federal government and the responsible minister Paul Fletcher deserve credit for pressing the ''go'' button on an airport that's been paused since the 1980s.

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Fancy government financing could still cost the taxpayer

Fancy government financing could still cost the taxpayer

No sooner is one complicated financing idea from the government batted down, than another one pops up. We can expect more of them, now that the federal budget has established a new Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency.

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