In the media - National

Sudden Hazelwood exit shows that a government plan for clean energy transition is overdue

When giant multinational power companies like Hazelwood’s owner Engie decide that they’re going to get out of coal, it’s irresponsible for the government to ignore the implications,” said John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute (03 November 2016). More...

Large states see big falls in building approvals

Residential building approvals figures released recently by the ABS indicate that total dwelling approvals experienced a large decline during the month of September, said the Housing Industry Association (03 November 2016). More...

Australia and the International Energy Agency agree to cooperate on energy security review

The Australian Government and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have agreed to work together on Australia’s review of energy security following a full regional black out in South Australia (29 October 2016). More...

Launch of the Australia and New Zealand Infrastructure Pipeline

The Australian and New Zealand Governments will today launch the Australia & New Zealand Infrastructure Pipeline (ANZIP), reinforcing a shared commitment to Trans-Tasman collaboration, open markets, innovation and investment (28 October 2016). More...

In the media - New South Wales

Greater Choice and Transparency for Homeowners

The New South Wales Government today announced an overhaul of the New South Wales Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF) to enable private insurers to enter the market and improve protections for consumers against incomplete and defective work. HBCF is a mandatory insurance product which builders are required to take out for residential building work over $20,000 (03 November 2016). More...

Building approvals record smashed

In a further boost to housing supply, the number of new homes given the greenlight in New South Wales has reached a new record high of 75,500 over the last year, according to the latest ABS data (03 November 2016). More...

Foundations poured for new light rail tunnel

The first base slab has been poured into what will soon be the nine-metre deep CBD and South East Light Rail tunnel. The tunnel is expected to be completed in late 2017 (01 November 2016). More...

In the media - Queensland

Access to groundwater battle looms between Queensland Government and miners

The Queensland Government is edging closer to passing laws that will make it tougher for mines to extract groundwater, angering companies that argue the proposed laws will jeopardise major resource projects already in the pipeline (03 November 2016). More...

Hinterland firm funded to develop new mine tailings technology

Advance Queensland funding will help a Sunshine Coast Hinterland firm unlock new technology for managing tailings from mining operations, making them safer for people and the environment (03 November 2016). More...

Queensland housing sector remains strong

Queensland’s residential building approvals rose 1.8 per cent over the 12 months to September this year and the value of new homes and units grew by 5 per cent to hit $13.2 billion (02 November 2016). More...

All turbines turning for Mount Emerald Wind Farm

Queensland’s largest wind farm project has reached another milestone, with construction to begin shortly on the 180 Megawatt Mount Emerald Wind Farm in North Queensland. This project now has engineering, procurement and construction contracts in place, a long-term operations and maintenance contract, a 25-year grid connection agreement with Powerlink (02 November 2016). More...

A quarter of Queensland tourism operators boosted by public infrastructure

Almost one in four tourism operators in Queensland saw a boost to their bottom lines last financial year as a result of new public infrastructure being built, a peak industry body survey has found (31 October 2016). More...

Queensland could offer national park protections to private landowners

Queensland proposes creating a new category of environmental protection for private land that would allow landowners to guard against mining and coal seam gas (29 October 2016). More...

Federal Government commits funding to Cross River Rail

The Palaszczuk Government has secured the support of the Turnbull Government to finalise planning for Cross River Rail (25 October 2016). More...

In the media - Victoria

John Holland - KBR joint venture awarded contract extension for water infrastructure projects

The John Holland - KBR Joint Venture has been awarded a two-year extension to its Framework Agreement with Melbourne Water for the delivery of capital works projects in Melbourne (07 November 2016). More...

Partnerships for high quality Victorian infrastructure

New requirements for public private partnerships (PPPs) will ensure best practice and allow the private sector to tender for Victorian Government projects with greater certainty (03 November 2016). More...

Victorian Building Approvals Hit New Record

The value of Victorian building approvals recorded the highest ever monthly figure for the state in September, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) (02 November 2016). More...

Hazelwood's closure won't affect power prices as much as you might think

The potential shutdown of Victoria's Hazelwood power station could leave a large gap in coal-fired baseload generation. But other coal power stations have plenty of spare capacity to fill the gap (02 November 2016). More...

Published – articles, papers, reports

Infrastructure Australia: Chairman’s Newsletter

The October Issue covers: 15-year Australian Infrastructure Plan, revised Infrastructure Priority List; 14 positively assessed projects added to our Infrastructure Priority List.  More...

Role of mining in national economies

International Council on Mining and Metals: 28 October 2016

This report, published by the International Council of Mining and Minerals (ICMM), ranks 183 countries according to the relative economic importance of mining. More...

Address to the Re-Powering New South Wales conference 2016

Innes Willox; Re-Powering NSW 2016, Australian Industry Group: 26 October 2016

It’s not enough for our energy system to function in an engineering sense, or to support viable energy suppliers. It also has to function in the interest of consumers, argues Australian Industry. More...

In practice and courts

Improving Durability Assessments of Reinforced Concrete Structures

Reinforced concrete (RC) structures are durable but not impervious to decay. Deterioration of RC structures is a worldwide problem due to its excessive cost, environmental impact, and safety issues
(07 November 2016). More...

New Standard for Fall Prevention from Openable Windows

A new Australian standard was published on 24 October: AS 5203:2016, Protection of openable windows/fall prevention—Test sequence and compliance method. More...

Infrastructure Australia: Infrastructure Priority List

The Infrastructure Priority List is a prioritised list of nationally significant investments. The current priority list for October is now available. More...


Treloar Constructions Pty Limited v McMillan [2016] NSWCA 302

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – costs – security for costs – application for security for costs pursuant to s 1335(1) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) – security sought against appellant company – existence of credible testimony that there is reason to believe that the corporation will be unable to pay the costs of the appeal – where company owns no property – where company has low share capital – where no financial records in evidence – security for costs ordered   PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – stay of proceedings – application for stay of execution and enforcement of costs orders – where party entitled to costs is impecunious – existence of reasonable grounds of appeal – whether stay should be made on conditions – whether payment into trust of costs appropriate – stay granted. More...

Clark v Matton Developments Pty Ltd & Anor [2016] QSC 251

GUARANTEE AND INDEMNITY – RIGHTS OF SURETY – AGAINST PRINCIPAL DEBTOR – where the first respondent purchased a mobile crane – where the purchase was financed by Westpac Banking Corporation – where the first respondent was principal debtor – where Westpac Banking Corporation had a registered charge over all the assets and undertaking of the first respondent, including the proceeds of its insurance policies and debts owed to it – where the applicant, among others, executed a guarantee in favour of Westpac Banking Corporation to guarantee the performance of the first respondent’s obligations – where the mobile crane collapsed and was damaged beyond repair – where the first respondent was refused indemnity by its insurer, CGU Insurance Ltd – where Westpac Banking Corporation obtained default judgment against the applicant for the debt payable under the guarantee – where Westpac Banking Corporation assigned to the second respondent, by deed of transfer, its interests in the debt and guarantees – where the first respondent commenced proceedings in the Queensland Supreme Court against CGU Insurance Ltd seeking indemnity under the insurance policy – where the first respondent was unsuccessful at first instance but successful on appeal in the Queensland Court of Appeal – where special leave has been applied for in the High Court to appeal that decision – where CGU Insurance Ltd was ordered by the Queensland Court of Appeal to pay the first respondent the sum owing under the insurance policy – where it seems likely that the first respondent will not be in possession of funds to meet its obligation as a principal debtor – whether the applicant is entitled to a declaration that he is entitled to be discharged and exonerated from all liability under the guarantee he executed in favour of Westpac Banking Corporation by payment by the first respondent to the second respondent of the amount it owes the second respondent. More...

Babcock & Brown DIF III Global Co-Investment Fund, LP & Anor v Babcock & Brown International Pty Limited & Ors [2016] VSC 623

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – Stay of proceedings – Exclusive jurisdiction clause – Where parties seek to enforce exclusive jurisdiction clause in agreement to which they are a non-signatory – Where signatory to agreement seeks to enforce exclusive jurisdiction clause even though not a party – Construction and interpretation of exclusive jurisdiction clause – No grant of stay – s 30 Supreme Court Act 1986Global Partners Fund Ltd v Babcock & Brown Ltd (in liq) & Ors [2010] NSWCA 196 distinguished – Incitec Ltd v Alkimos Shipping Corporation & Anor [2004] FCA 698; (2004) 138 FCR 496 considered – Application of foreign law – Content of foreign law not sufficiently proven – Victorian law applied – Neilson v Overseas Projects Corporation of Victoria Ltd & Anor [2005] HCA 54; (2005) 223 CLR 331 applied. More...




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