Month: January 2014

Transport & Logistics

Downer wins $100m BHP contracts

Downer EDI Mining has finalised two contracts with BHP Billiton totalling $100 million for rail engineering and shiploader projects. The deals will see the contractor carry out work on BHP's iron ore operations in Western Australia. One contract, worth $40 million, will involve the design and construction of rail works at the resource giant's ore…

31 Jan 2014, by Test Test

Mining & Resources

APPEA calls for fewer gas regulations

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) has called for a more open and competitive natural gas market in the country. APPEA chief executive David Byers, commenting on the release of the federal government's Eastern Domestic Gas Market Study, said Australia has more than enough gas resources to support domestic and export needs for…

31 Jan 2014, by Test Test

Transport & Logistics

Politicised infrastructure planning set to cause damage in the long run

New governments bring new perspectives on what infrastructure is most needed for the given time; in Kevin Rudd’s leadership stint it’s fair to say that the NBN was his priority infrastructure project.  However, this year’s discussion on infrastructure has focused on the lack of innovative projects and funding as the issues surrounding what Australia needs…

30 Jan 2014, by Test Test

Social Policy

Close-up: Commissioner Alasdair Roy

Alasdair Roy is the Children & Young People Commissioner (CYPC), within the ACT Human Rights Commission. Alasdair believes that it is important for children and young people to have a say in decisions that affect them.  “I think that the best way to find out what anyone really thinks about something is to ask them…

30 Jan 2014, by Test Test

Leadership & Communication

Leadership development ‘just as important to women’

Developing leadership skills is just as vital to women as it is to men, new research has revealed. A global McKinsey & Company survey of business executives found very few differences between the career ambitions of the two genders. In fact, it showed that women may be even more driven by leadership development. According to…

30 Jan 2014, by Test Test

Mining & Resources

Iron ore beneficiation: Matching local raw materials with the right technology

In recent months, the government of South Africa has made significant efforts to achieve greater control of its resources and create more employment opportunities and economic growth for the wider community. In the lead-up to IMM’s inaugural Iron Ore Beneficiation Africa conference, we had the chance to speak to David Cousins, Industry Champion for Mining…

29 Jan 2014, by Test Test

Transport & Logistics

Queensland’s rail freight efficiency revival

Queensland has become the latest state to unveil a new strategy for improving freight networks in anticipation of rapid growth in the sector. Titled 'Moving Freight', the framework hopes to prepare the state for a predicted 89 per cent rise in freight task by 2026, with rail development playing a prominent role. The Queensland government…

28 Jan 2014, by Test Test

Social Policy

Close-up: Professor Peter Saunders

Emergency situations are traumatic to anyone who experiences them. However, it is the most vulnerable members of society that are affected the most. According to studies by Professor Peter Saunders, Research Chair at the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, 14% of Australians are unable to raise $2000 within a week in a case of emergency. …

24 Jan 2014, by Test Test

Healthcare

Close-Up: Dr Frances Hughes

Dr Frances Hughes commenced in the role of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer for Queensland Health in 2012. Dr Hughes will be delivering a keynote address at the 2014 Developing the Role of the Nurse Practitioner. Her presentation will investigate opportunities for optimising the nurse practitioner in Queensland. The talk will examine the current role…

24 Jan 2014, by Test Test

Mining & Resources

Rio Tinto announces record iron ore production

Rio Tinto's iron ore production reached record levels in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the company's latest financial report. The organisation revealed output beat its 2012 benchmark by 5 per cent, with 266 million tonnes of the steelmaking commodity produced and 259 million tonnes shipped over the three-month period. Bauxite and thermal coal…

23 Jan 2014, by Test Test

Healthcare

Forensic Nursing becoming an established practice in Australia

By Linda Starr, Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Flinders University At long last we can now say that Forensic Nursing is an established specialty area of practice in Australia.  What is forensic nursing?  Isn’t forensics about dead people?  These are common questions asked by not only members of the public but also health…

23 Jan 2014, by Test Test

Mining & Resources

Mining deaths highlight need for safety focus

As 2013 drew to a close, Australia's mining industry was left reeling following four worker deaths in December, bringing total fatalities for the year to 10. This is double the number that occurred in 2012, with many industry groups calling for more focus on the issue of mining safety. Statistics from Safe Work Australia show…

22 Jan 2014, by Test Test