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Some regions are booming – others need ‘managed decline’

Government assistance to Australia’s regions has often been poorly directed, says the Productivity Commission in a major new report. It wants a more efficient system, which would admit that some regions are in decline and will remain so. The report, ‘Transitioning Regional Economies’ is the latest in a series of reports by the Productivity Commission […]

Australia pop

Immigration up, most going to NSW and Victoria

Increased discussion about immigration to Australia has done nothing to stem the tide of people coming to Australia. In fact, the numbers are rising, not falling. Overseas immigration into NSW alone last year exceeded the combined populations of Wagga Wagga and Tamworth, two of the state’s largest regional cities. Figures released by the Australian Bureau […]

Qld roads

Queensland’s roads underfunded with little accountability, says auditor’s report

The Queensland Audit Office (QAO) has delivered a damning report into the condition of the state’s roads. It says chronic underfunding by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) threatens the viability of the entire roads system. “The underfunding has resulted in risks to the sustainability of the transport network,” says the report. “The […]

NEC facial rec

Australia to trial world first city surveillance system

Australian cities will be a test bed for ‘next generation security’ systems that will combine live video with advanced real-time analytics for a level of surveillance impossible with current technology. ICT vendor NEC Australia, a major supplier of biometric software to government, has partnered with Silicon Valley vision analytics startup CrowdOptic to develop the technology. […]

clean coal

Audit Office slams Government’s clean coal and carbon capture efforts

The Federal Government’s current energy policy says it is ‘technology agnostic’, and that carbon fuels will have a continued role as energy sources well into the future. It talks often of ‘clean coal’ and of carbon capture, technologies that are intended to reduce the emissions of exist fossil fuel energy sources. Despite these technologies being […]

Saul Eslake

Tasmania must sell its assets, says leading economist

The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) has released a major report that recommends selling or leasing the State’s government business enterprises (GBEs) and other state owned companies. The report was written by leading economist Saul Eslake, himself a Tasmanian. “Selling or leasing one or more of TasNetworks, Aurora Energy, TasPorts or the Motor […]

panasonic security

Effective security means better systems

The Australian urban streetscape has long featured video surveillance via high definition cameras. But there is more to security than high quality hardware – you need the right systems and techniques behind it. Many countries are now stepping up their security in terms of technology, budget and the number and skills of people involved in […]

apartments

More families moving to apartments

Nearly one third of Sydney’s households now live in apartments, with the proportion set to grow to one half within a generation. That means more and more families are opting for apartment style living, for both financial and lifestyle reasons. But as their children grow they are more likely to live in detached houses. Development […]

water IA

Water bills could double, warns Infrastructure Australia

Government agency Infrastructure Australia has warned that water bills for Australian households could double in real terms by 2040 unless a comprehensive water management strategy is implemented. The report, ‘Reforming Urban Water’, was released by Adrian Dwyer, Executive Director of Policy and Research at Infrastructure Australia. The report focuses on the provision of water for […]

Amanda McKenzie

Emissions rising, Government ‘censors’ the data

The Climate Council of Australia has called on the Government to release Australia’s latest quarterly carbon emissions data, saying that its failure to do so amounts to ‘climate censorship’. Meanwhile, independent modelling using the same methodology as that used by the Department of Environment and Energy shows that Australia’s emissions are rising. “Australia’s greenhouse gas […]

city performamce

Major new report compares Australia’s cities

The Australian Government has released its first National Cities Performance Framework. It is a major report that provides a snapshot of the productivity and progress of Australia’s largest 21 cities, including Western Sydney. The Government says it is the first official framework of its kind in Australia and “brings together critical data on our cities […]

RAI Pillars

Services in small town Australia declining

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) has released a ‘Pillars of Communities’ report on the availability of services in Australia’s small towns. The findings are not good. The report is accompanied by a Report Card’, which rates how well Australia provides access to ten essential professionals for residents living in small towns across Australia. Access to […]

anao procure

Audit Office shines a light on procurement

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has released a major report on procurement in the Federal Government. It is an information report that says it is “not an audit nor an assurance review” and that no conclusions or opinions are represented. But it does present a useful overview of government procurement. The report is based […]

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