Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
For sub-Saharan Africa to benefit fully from its growing economic ties with China both parties need to change their behaviour and attitude.
Looking over Palmerston and the East Arm of Darwin Harbour to the new $35B Inpex LNG plant. Many resources projects in the north are in beautiful, environmentally important places.
This year's federal budget outlined plans for infrastructure in northern Australia, but it will need to do more than build roads and rail to sustainably develop the north.
Time to wave them off.
In some significant ways, Americans have fewer avenues for advancement than the characters of Mad Men do.
More mines, more roads, as the government puts its drive towards economic development ahead of all else.
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Amid talk of paths to surplus and investing in infrastructure, both sides of politics seem to have forgotten Australia's longstanding responsibility to govern sustainably, and not just for the economy.
Spending on infrastructure in the federal budget appears to serve mainly political aims.
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The two announcements in the federal budget beg the question: is a piece of infrastructure really needed or is it being built to buy popularity?
Victorian treasurer Tim Pallas' first budget includes expenditure on services and a wages increase.
Victoria's Labor government has eschewed an austerity approach in its first budget, in contrast to some of its state counterparts.
The first budget for Victoria’s Labor government is aimed at education, health and transport.
The first budget handed down by Victorian Labor government emphasises expenditure in traditional areas of education, health and transport.
Taxpayers are the ultimate losers when governments fail to manage expensive infrastructure projects.
How many times do taxpayers have to go down the same road before governments seriously assess how expensive infrastructure decisions are made?
China’s demand for infrastructure finance cannot be met by existing development banks.
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Australia may be a little late to the party, but the it still has a lot to win as it negotiates its position in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
Research infrastructure, such as the H-1NF at the Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility, enables our world leading science.
Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility
Australia needs to take a longer term view of research infrastructure funding in order to prevent it from becoming politicised.
It’s not a bridge or a road, but it’s infrastructure of a different kind.
The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy funds 27 individual facilities that provide a wide range of services to Australian scientists.
Since the founding members signed on to the the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in China last October, more Western powers have agreed to join.
It makes sense for Australia to join Britain and New Zealand in the newly created AIIB, but it's unlikely we will have any significant influence over the organisation.
TERN operates a number of flux towers that measure energy, water and carbon dioxide fluxes and their drivers in the vast expanse of northern Australia.
The NCRIS-funded Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) benefits pastoralists, business, tourism and Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. Cutting it will hurt them all.
A ranger looks at the skull of an elephant killed by poachers - a frequent side-effect of development projects that open up remote forests to human access.
The G20 has pledged to spend more than US$60 trillion on new infrastructure in the next 15 years, much of which will affect pristine areas. Without a solid plan, the environmental toll could be huge.
Facilities like the Australian Synchrotron are relied upon by scientists across the country, and could shut down if research infrastructure funding is withheld by the government.
Cutting vital research infrastructure funding because the higher education reforms are stuck in the senate could end up costing the country dearly.
Education minister Christopher Pyne has maintained that the higher education reforms must be passed in order for science infrastructure funding to be released.
Leading scientists warn that research facilities may close and jobs will be lost if the government doesn't free up promised science funding.
The Murchison Widefiled Array might not look like traditional infrastructure, but it’s just as essential to scientific research.
The government is holding crucial science infrastructure funding hostage until its higher education reforms are passed by the senate.
Indians are hoping for another Cricket World Cup victory.
r all of India’s cricketing passion, economic strength and for that matter its population size, the country is arguably the world’s most under-achieving sporting nation.
A little employee love goes a long way. Southwest Airlines shows how a company can be rewarded for valuing its workers.
The economy is creating the most jobs in 15 years, but only a substantial investment in our crumbling infrastructure and underpaid workforce will ensure they last.
To help Australia meet its G20 commitments, infrastructure projects like Sydney’s WestConnex require a more stringent and transparent cost-benefit analysis.
The OECD’s Going for Growth report released this week is a good reminder of why Tony Abbott wants to be remembered as “the infrastructure Prime Minister”. The OECD argues addressing infrastructure service…