While Western Australia and Queensland have experienced extraordinary financial windfalls from the mining industry, South Australia has languished despite its enormous untapped resource potential. But two major policy events this year are likely to set the State on a course of rapid expansion in the mining industry that will fundamentally change its fate for the century to come. The challenge for the State Government is to ensure the financial benefits are directed into capacity building projects that will breathe life and energy into Adelaide and the regions. Read more
In 20 years’ time, we are likely to look back on the National Broadband Network as the infrastructure project that changed the nation. At a cost of nearly $43 billion this is a grand strategy of ambitious proportions that is designed to position Australia at the forefront of the global digital economy, and provide the oxygen under which innovation can flourish. It will be the largest infrastructure project that has ever been undertaken in Australia’s history, and is the 21st century equivalent of projects such as the Read more
With the rapid evolution of the Asian Century, Australia has successfully shrugged off the tyranny of distance and embraced its position as a periphery state. One just has to glance at our trade data to realise that our fate has become intimately entwined with that of our northern neighbours, and that we are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the extraordinary trend of development that is likely to continue for decades. Eight of our top ten trading partners are within our region showing the nature of our economic reliance on the west is a thing of the past. Read more
Catching the TGV high speed train from Paris to Marseille would have to be one of the most enjoyable travel experiences the world has to offer. The swift but smooth motion, the vistas of the French country side and the comfort of the seats, all serve to induce a meditative state and a sense of physical and spiritual journey. High Speed Trains have been connecting the major cities and regions of Western Europe for decades, where it has become ingrained as an iconic form of travel for tourists and residents alike. Read more
For generations, native forests in Australia have been cleared at huge cost to the environment, but that trend could soon be reversed due to the initiative of CEO Andrew Grant and his company CO2 Australia. With social awareness expanding rapidly on the dangers of climate change, Andrew Grant has found a way to not only plant vast tracts of forest to save the earth, but make a profit from it as well.
Climate change is likely to be one of the greatest challenges facing the future of Australia, and the race is on to find solutions to avoid disaster and create a new industry of commercially viable green energy markets. Australia, while only containing 0.3% of the world’s population produces 1.5% of the world’s carbon emissions making it one of the highest carbon emitters per capita in the world. With an addiction to cheap energy produced mainly by high emitting coal power stations, we are in desperate need of a clean alternative.
Could the geothermal power generation industry be the panacea we are looking for? Read more