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Mining & Resources

Mineral sands capital raise – here’s what you need to know

With more than half of ASX-listed mineral sands companies showing gains of up to 200 percent in recent years, now has never been a better time to invest in commodities like zircon, Tio2 and ilmenite. But does that mean resource investors are putting their hands in their wallets for mineral sands projects more than ever?…

24 Jan 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Uncategorised

Major curriculum overhaul looking likely

Professor Geoff Masters, the person behind a proposed curriculum overhaul for New South Wales has so far racked up “considerable support” from teachers for his suggested redesign, which is due for finalisation this year. Since the release of his interim report in October last year, Masters has received more than 700 submissions providing feedback on…

23 Jan 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance

The danger of unregulated loan products

Buy now pay later (BNPL) loans and other financial products that fall outside of ASIC’s regulatory regime are damaging pubic financial health and may harm the broader economy if left unregulated, warns Chief Executive of the Consumer Action Law Centre, Gerard Brody. The last few years have seen a significant growth in uptake of these loans…

16 Jan 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology

Australia must forge its own agtech techniques, not rely on US

From popular culture to military strategy, Australia has always drawn a lot of influence from the USA, but when it comes to deriving data for agtech, digital agriculture and smart farming, the country needs to carve its own path, says Dr. Andrew Moore of CSIRO. “In Australia, there is currently a ~$9billion per annum opportunity…

15 Jan 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance

Lifting barriers to regtech innovation in responsible lending

Regtech innovation is currently being stifled by industry uncertainty, despite being a crucial tool in the responsible lending landscape, according to Lisa Schutz of Verifier. “The need to automate affordability assessment has never been stronger. In fact, it’s one of the greatest points of friction in any loan application. But at the moment we’re seeing…

14 Jan 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

Teachers need more training to help students with special educational needs

‘Special education’ is a broad term and requires an equally broad set of skills, providers and strategies – not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach - says academic expert, Dr. Kathleen Tait. “Included within a typical education classroom one could find students with a range of intellectual, social and emotional difficulties; children who are gifted and talented; and/or…

17 Dec 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

The world’s cheapest port upgrade? How this Dutch firm is set to transform port operations globally

At up to 80 metres tall and 400 metres long, a cargo ship is a majestic piece of engineering, designed to circumnavigate the globe in a swift, multi-week voyage; and for a shelf-life of 25-30 years. Its 1000 plus litre engine propels it through open-face ocean at speeds of up to 24 knots, floating gross…

16 Dec 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

Marginal loss factors – a barrier to clean energy investment?

Over the past few years, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has caused quite a stir when setting its marginal loss factors (MLF) - the annually-updated figures it uses to calculate the value of power lost through transmission in a choked energy grid. The draft figures for 2020-21, released in November, show a steep year-on-year…

13 Dec 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Becoming an award-winning, fully-integrated digital hospital

St. Stevens hospital in Hervey Bay is Australia’s first fully-integrated digital hospital. It was the first hospital nationally to get level 7 HIMSS EMRAM accreditation, and the third globally, outside of North America, to win the highly prestigious HIMSS Nicholas E Davies Award of Excellence. How did it get there? Ahead of the eMedication Management…

9 Dec 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

Is a national rollout of voluntary assisted dying legislation imminent?

The medical industry is, by nature, beset with ethical controversies; few more profound than the issue of voluntary assisted dying (VAD). Victoria is currently the only state in Australia to have such a law, but lately - with the heightened national focus on elder rights - there has been increased talk about enacting the legislation…

4 Dec 2019, by Amy Sarcevic
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