• Bensley creates 2400-room ‘Human Zoo’ wildlife resort

    IS THIS what the future of travel will look like? This fantastical rendering was conceived by famed Bangkok-based architect Bill Bensley, affectionately known as the ‘Willy Wonka’ of hotel design. Report from Asia correspondent, Ellen Boonstra. 

  • Sunshine Coast mates start a new cycle of innovation

    REDaffect cycling products were born less than a year ago on the Sunshine Coast and three innovators -- Philip Jensen, Peter Scragg and Cuen Bibb -- are enjoying the fruits on their own social rides, plus building a solid local following from enthusiasts. 

  • Journalist draws a whole new creative career in wall art

    FOR EDWINA CAMERON, a 20-year career in communications provided perfect training for a mid-career pivot into the online retail world, launching her business, I Heart Wall Art.

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May 02, 2022

EY research says abolishing ABCC could cost Australian economy $47b by 2030

THE Australian Labor Party's (ALP) current policy to abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) could result in a $47.5 billion hit to the economy, according to economic modelling by EY. 

EY’s modelling found that in the context of building Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and acute supply-side pressures currently facing…

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    Global Barometers show world economy slowdown running its course

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    Report by the KOF Swiss Economic Institute and Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil

    THE Global Barometers fell once again in August, signalling a slowdown in world growth for this quarter. The Coincident Barometer decreased for the seventh month in a row, while the Leading Barometer dropped again after remaining stable in the…

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    Move to monthly inflation data gets thumbs-up from CPA Australia

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    CPA AUSTRALIA has welcomed the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) decision to commence providing a new monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) indicator.

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    Taking the lid off innovation the 'eeasy' way


    By Leon Gettler, Talking Business

    ONE OF THE BIG ISSUES for some, particularly the disabled and senior citizens, is trying to open certain jars. No matter how hard they try, the jar won’t open, the lid won't budge.

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    Energy Networks Australia calls for urgent ‘transmission reform’

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Unused office parking is a great parking solution

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