Opinion

A day in 2030 in your sustainable home

Here’s what life will look like in 2030 if Australian governments adopt best practice energy standards that are currently on the table for our homes and appliances..

A cities deal could do so much to cool the Central City

With winter out of the way and warmer conditions now upon us, it won’t be long before waves of Sydneysiders start flocking to our city’s beaches. This is especially the…

Nuclear industry must address community concerns

Recently promoted as a “green power” alternative, the nuclear option, like so-called clean coal, is a dud and fundamental social concerns about its use remain unaddressed.

Australia’s construction industry must unite around a cohesive strategy

I recently attended a conference in the UK that discussed future trends affecting the global construction industry, and what struck me was the stark lack of consensus, clarity and strategy we have in Australia around the future of our construction and engineering industry, compared with many other countries.

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On why we called the next Tomorrowland I, human

News from the front desk 452: Tomorrowland is back. This year we’ve named our yearly signature event I, human in the climate emergency. The title was obvious. We have fast…

Rolling the dice on planning at Star casino and its giant proposal

The scale of Star City’s proposed hotel and apartment tower has ignited opposition, but why is nobody talking about what’s really going on? Here’s a look at how manipulating planning rules can create massive uplift in value – for private hands at almost no cost. Like money out of thin air in fact…

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Angels and Icarus: Crowd-funding a low-carbon transition

Angel investors, impact investors, ESD-focused venture capitalists, start-ups, crowd-funded equities, crowd-sourced funding … the ways money can be channelled to save the planet and deliver social and environmental good are multiplying at a rate of knots.

Chris Johnson moves on from NSW Urban Taskforce

One thing you can say about Chris Johnson as head of the NSW Urban Task Force is that he knows how to work with media. Love or loathe his messages on behalf of the lobby group’s members, you certainly got to know what they were.

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Building crisis: we need an injection of good evidence

Rectifying an information and evidence shortfall in the now widely cited building and construction crisis needs to be an important part of improving policy making and regulation. 

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Could an infrastructure blitz save economy and planet?

Our next economic growth phase must somehow deliver strong GDP growth, strong wages growth, and a huge reduction in economy-wide emissions. Can a low-carbon infrastructure investment spree deliver on all three?