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Month: February 2019

Banking & Finance

Mining & Resources

Rio Tinto’s long awaited announcement ahead of Minerals and Investment Week

After months of speculation, Rio Tinto has finally pulled back the curtain on its exploration activity in the Paterson province. The firm first aroused suspicion when it began pegging land on what was already considered a hot exploration site, upping its tenements from 2335 to 13,000 square kilometers - as revealed by aerial photos that…

28 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Leadership & Communication

Technology

Enhancing mobile networks in a 5G world

Australia’s fifth generation (5G) broadband rollout is now well underway and is soon set to go live, with Telstra and Optus both committed to selling 5G products and services in 2019; and Vodafone in the near future. With its ultrafast network speeds and lower latency, 5G is expected to make a big impact on the…

25 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance

Mining & Resources

Industry outlook – TiO2 in an age of uncertainty and volatility

The past few years have written a promising narrative for titanium dioxide (TiO2), with a high – and growing - demand trend evident in figures for 2016, 2017; and in the first half of 2018. However, Reg Adams Managing Director of ARTIKOL UK warns of several - current and looming - macro-economic forces, which may…

22 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Legal

The ageing doctor – ethical and legal implications

Laying off a post-retirement-age doctor on the basis of their age is an offence under the Age Discrimination Act 2004. However, there are growing concerns that doctors practicing beyond 65-years of age may be more prone to mistakes, due to the age-related decline of various physical and cognitive faculties. As such, many experts have called…

22 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

The role of hydrogen in a decarbonised future – an interview with Woodside’s Shannon O’Rourke

Hydrogen is increasingly being looked at as a means of helping Australia navigate its decarbonised future and meet the prescribed targets of the 2016 Paris Agreement. On the surface, it seems like a panacea. Hydrogen is the universe’s most abundant element and can power an electric vehicle 236 times more efficiently than a lithium-ion battery.…

21 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Business

Why women are statistically safer investments – an interview with Tammy Barton

The gender pay gap is well documented, but a lesser known and equally concerning issue is the gender investment gap. Statistics show that businesses founded by women generate twice the revenue of male-founded companies. Yet, they are less likely to be backed by Investors when pitching for early stage capital. Multiple award-winning entrepreneur Tammy Barton…

20 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

The role of light rail in an integrated future transport network

In Sydney, seven out of every ten trips are made in a private vehicle, but with an 11.8 million population increase forecast by 2030, the city’s already congested highways will need to see a reduction in this percentage. Providing an efficient, reliable and integrated public transport network may be one of the best ways to…

19 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Food & Agriculture

Technology

The future of Australian AgTech

Australia’s AgTech sector has seen impressive growth in recent years with $123.8 million worth of angel and seed funding reported in 2017 and a tenfold increase in venture capital deals since 2014. Business startup accelerator GrowLab – owned by Cicada Innovations – has been at the forefront of this growth, having recently graduated its second…

14 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Technology

Managing complex pain in digital hospitals

Pain management in clinical settings is highly complex, and the digitisation of workflows in some Queensland Health hospitals - although popular across the board - has added an extra layer of complexity, according to Pharmacist IT Consultant, Deborah Boland. “When assessing pain and administering analgesia there are many variables to consider and criteria to satisfy”,…

13 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology

Transport & Logistics

Bombardier’s solution for tram networks in growing cities

The Melbourne tram network is the largest in the world, consisting of 250 km of double track that is serviced using a range of trams and modern light rail vehicles (LRVs) of varying age and configuration. Over recent years, the proportion of modern LRV’s in the fleet has increased, as longer low-floor trams with greater…

11 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Business

Leadership & Communication

Technology

How will the Huawei ban affect the 5G rollout?

Since the onset of the global financial crisis (GFC) in 2008, global productivity has slowed, at times, to the point of stagnation. This ‘productivity slowdown’ has manifested, among other things, as low GDP and wage growth. In other words, productivity matters at both a national and individual level. David Kennedy of Ovum believes that enterprise…

7 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure

PPP evolution – where to now?

Approaches to infrastructure procurement in Australia have evolved considerably over decades, giving rise to a suite of models. Public private partnerships (PPPs) have proven to be a particularly robust ‘species’, given their superior capacity to deliver projects on time and within budget, and ultimately generate value-for-money for the tax payer. However, the environment in which…

5 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic