Overcoming the Cost Barrier to Asbestos Removal in Australia
If you want to know about costs associated with asbestos in residential premises, you only have to ask the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government.
The Pros and Cons of Contract Employment for Engineers
When growing up, many Australians are told to study, get into tertiary education and get a job. For most, this involves working for a company as...
Change Starts with Beliefs and Values
“Australia needs to make ‘a complete shift’ in the way it plans cities” outgoing Infrastructure Australia chief executive Philip Davies told the Australian Finance Review Weekend...
Is the Supply-Side Argument a Con?
In classic economics, prices are determined by supply and demand.
Build More Homes, Improve Affordability
Housing affordability is about supply and demand.
Increase Housing Supply and Prices Will Fall
You often don’t know you’re in a bubble until it has actually popped. This is what ASIC chairman, Greg Medcraft, was warning three years ago. Shortly...
The Importance of Living Infrastructure in Schools
Did you know that in 2017, there were more than 3.8 million students enrolled in 9,444 (public, catholic and independent) primary and high schools across Australia?
The Language Of War And Destruction Is Being Used To Describe New Apartment In Sydney
In recent months the emotive language of war and destruction has been blazed across Sydney’s media as ‘battles wage in nearly every suburb’ and there will...
Does Your Product Comply with the NCC?
Throughout Australia, the seriousness of building products which fail to comply with the National Construction Code is well-known following the tragedy at Grenfell in London, the...
Solar Roads the Next Battleground in Energy Generation
Back in December 2016, France opened what it says was the world’s first road to be covered with a surface of solar panels.
Home Buyers Should be Aware of Major Pitfalls
If you buy a $10 item of clothing that turns out to be faulty, you can usually get a refund or replacement fairly easily. Buy a...
Federal Government Falls Short on Stopping Asbestos Imports
Since 2003, Australia has maintained a complete ban on the importation, manufacturing or use of any products which contain asbestos, exposure to which can cause mesothelioma,...
Australia Needs Better Transparency on Bridge Assessments
On August 14, the nation of Italy was sent into shock after a 200 metre section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed, sending cars and trucks plummeting...
Australia Must Reconnect With Urban Nature
Wind back several decades and many Australians lived in detached houses with good sized backyards which featured gardens and lawns.
Library Design for the Digital Age
In days gone by, much of the role and function of public libraries throughout Australia involved reading and borrowing hard copy books.
Stamp Duty Reform a Small Step Forward
The announcement by the NSW Government that stamp duty will be pegged to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a welcome small step towards reducing the...
Frequently Asked Property Depreciation Questions
As a building gets older and items within it wear out, they depreciate in value. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows property investors to claim a...
Why Australians Should Choose Higher-performing uPVC Windows
Windows play a vital role in regulating temperatures of buildings and their overall energy efficiency, whatever the climate. Energy efficiency is not just about preserving heating...