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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?

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Victoria tackles flammable cladding: safety “fix” or confidence trick?

 In July, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and the state’s minister for planning, Richard Wynne, trumpeted that $600 million would tackle Victoria’s high-rise cladding crisis. It was paraded as a safety solution for owners of affected buildings but the “fix” was a contemptible confidence trick.

ESG: the role of real assets in creating a sustainable future

ESG: the role of real assets in creating a sustainable future

The investment industry can exert significant influence in the way that real assets are built and operated. ESG data vendors such as MSCI and FTSE Russell provide tools to help but it’s a complex task and fraught with potential unintended consequences.

Australia has opened the door to higher performing homes, at lower cost

In the midst of agreements on national reforms to address the cladding crisis and improve the fire and structural safety of buildings, decision makers at the recent Building Ministers’ Forum also reached another significant milestone  – one that could set Australian homes on a path towards lower energy bills, reduced strain on the electricity network and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

Tightening the divide between populism and public housing

The aftermath of the latest federal election result has evidently revealed one thing about our society, being the worldwide trend toward “populism” and its drifting distance away from progressive ideals and policy.

Peak car – what is it, and so what?

The “peak car” phenomenon has captured the attention of many but what is it really? This is a deep dive into mobility trends of today and where this might steer us into the future.

The time has come for Voice, Treaty and Truth

The time has come for Voice, Treaty and Truth

It’s high time for white Australians to confront the fact that their life outcomes are much better than their Indigenous counterparts.

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