2.Letter to the editor from former Australian PM Kevin Rudd The Fifth Estate was honoured (and a bit bemused) to receive a letter from former PM Kevin Rudd after publishing a piece that compared Rudd’s GFC economic stimulus response to PM Scott Morrison’s Covid response. While the piece defended the infamous pink batts scheme, Rudd […]
It’s yet to be seen how the latest Covid outbreak in Sydney will affect business confidence and the job market but the good news is that between October and November, SEEK saw the first increase in new job ads since before the pandemic.
News from the front desk, Issue 509: Just in case you’ve been too busy enjoying end-of-year drinks with your colleagues – as you well should be – news this week included climate sceptic extraordinaire Nationals MP George Christensen picked to lead a parliamentary probe into the legality of insurers and lenders “blacklisting” fossil fuel projects, […]
Business confidence has crept back up to pre-Covid levels, according to NAB’s Monthly Business Survey for November, but businesses are still shedding jobs.
Here’s an alternative way to protest by the creative community the area around Bell Station in Preston in Melbourne’s inner north suburb of Preston.
Just like the NSW government, the Victorian government is banking on renewables – including offshore wind – as a job-creator that will help lift the state out of Covid-induced doldrums.
The whole world knows Western Australia is tied to mining and even though the peak has passed, the sector still represents a 36 per cent share of the state’s GDP and employs more than 130,000 people. A new report from Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre says this is not a great base for security of the […]
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It’s no longer tools down for several different trade professions, according to data from ServiceSeeking.com.au. Outdoor trades in particular are booming, with rubbish removal jobs growing like crazy as people declutter, tripling year on year. Carpet cleaning and door installations have also seen a massive boom, with demand also strong for arborists, roofers, gardeners and […]
Flick the Switch is a guide to achieving Net Zero and all-electric buildings. It’s a wrap of our 2020 symposium on this topic plus deep-dive additional interviews and features on the people and topics that are driving change and helping the property industry head in the right direction. Nearly two dozen panellists and speakers generously […]
It’s not an easy time to be growing a business but industries and companies that keep abreast of major trends such as digitalisation are likely to fare better in the recovery, according to business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. The firm has identified a range of trends impacting the business world, including a rising demand for […]
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Go and work for Arup, the innovative engineering firm that’s had a hand in everything from the Sydney Opera House to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, as a senior environmental consultant. The company is currently working with a multidisciplinary team embedded in alongside Sydney Water to approve and renew its assets. Australian construction and infrastructure company […]
On our latest podcast, our managing editor, Tina Perinotto, spoke with urban planner Rob Adams.
Coke and Lion trashed Queensland container deposit scheme and now they want Victoria’s
In this episode of our podcast How to Build a Better World, our managing editor, Tina Perinotto, spoke with Amy Marks from Autodesk, the “queen of prefab”, on why building and construction is not an industry but an ecosystem.
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Covid might be stalking the land but in many areas there’s no let up in activity. Especially in sustainability. The pandemic looks to have stirred up new opportunities for companies in the position to expand and pivot into new markets. In June, SEEK’s marketplace for selling businesses observed the highest month ever of traffic and […]
Victoria’s job market is really starting to feel the pinch of its second lockdown, with the state seeing SEEK job ads in July decline by 12.8 per cent on a month-on-month basis. The decline was not as sharp as the first lockdown, however, with SEEK ANZ managing director Kendra Banks suggesting that small and medium […]
News from the Front Desk, Issue 493: Sometimes urging people to take personal responsibility is a fraudulent strategy for positive change. A con that says it’s all our own fault if the planet blows up. We need to take shorter showers, recycle, don’t buy plastics, travel less. If we’re fat or sick or work in […]
News from the front desk, issue 492: Here at The Fifth Estate our heads are spinning after what was an action packed five hours at our Flick the Switch event yesterday about the transition to all electric, net zero buildings and cities. The subject matter certainly struck a chord – we had record numbers in […]
BNP Paribas does good French bank BNP Paribas SA released A$140 million in green bonds as a reward to 100 companies on the Australian Climate Transition Index. All of these eight year bonds pay a fixed coupon with a potential return based on performance of the index, comprised of 300 Australian companies expected to thrive […]
It’s the biggest, most exciting and critically important challenge we face in the built environment. How to Flick the Switch to a Net Zero future and all electric buildings and cities.
You’ll have to excuse us for this lighter edition of our newsletter because we’ve been busy bees working on our Flick the Switch event tomorrow, which has attracted more attendees than we’ve ever had at any previous events!
News from the front desk, issue 491: There’s pretty much consensus, in The Fifth Estate’s circles at least, that going all-electric is the most straight-forward way for most buildings to hit net zero targets. It makes sense when Australia’s energy network is tracking towards the “biggest and fastest” clean energy transition in the world according […]
A green recovery is on the agenda for Western Australia, with the state government pouring $60 million into environmental projects to create more than 1000 conservation jobs. The plan is part of the government’s recovery plan and will target revegetation, habitat restoration and protection of existing vegetation. The package includes new funding commitments, environmental offset funds […]