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AHURI discussed the measurement of housing as essential infrastructure, following a speech by Assistant Minister Angus Taylor. [Full Text]

Video of presentations from the recent AHURI event on competition and choice in housing and human services are now online. [Full Text]

Senator Katy Gallagher said Anglicare's Rental Affordability Snapshot shows that only a tiny proportion of the rental properties available on the market are within reach of low-income earners and those on government payments. [Full Text]

The Council on the Ageing said the shocking figures revealed in the Anglicare report demonstrate the need for all political parties to prioritise housing affordability. [Full Text]

Mental Health Australia said it is concerned that housing affordability stress is negatively impacting the mental health of low income Australians. [Full Text]

Senator Scott Ludlam announced that nearly 50 per cent of renters are spending half of their wage on rent, according to preliminary survey results. [Full Text]

Staff from RMIT and Curtin University argued that the Federal Government should help the states switch from stamp duty to a broad-based land tax, in an article published by The Conversation. [Full Text]

Senator Ludlam said the Greens have announced two packages of tax measures which would ease housing affordability pressure by phasing out negative gearing and capital gains tax exemptions. [Full Text]

The national property industry continues to have a positive and steady outlook, according to the ANZ Property Council Survey. [Full Text]

Confidence in the overall business environment remains robust but residential construction firms have recorded a notable decline in confidence recently, according to the NAB Quarterly Business Survey. [Full Text]

KPMG issued 'Federal Budget 2016: what to expect'. [Full Text]

The Regional Australia Institute said that Australia's National Cities Policy needs to focus on our 31 great small cities. [Full Text]

The Regional Australia Institute released its research agenda for 2016-2018. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association issued 'Local Government's Plan for an Innovative and Prosperous Australia' and said if implemented, the plan could add $7.46 billion to national GDP. [Full Text]

The University of Sydney released a research bulletin on the implications of political donations for the integrity of planning systems. [Full Text]

The PM&C's Principal Advisor on Public Data discussed the release of Geocoded National Address File and Administrative Boundaries datasets in a presentation (video). [Full Text]

The Productivity Commission released an issues paper on data availability and use, including reference to the Geocoded National Address File. [Full Text]

Minister Rob Stokes announced the approval of the WestConnex New M5 road project, with provisions for new open public space and new cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. [Full Text]

Minister Duncan Gay welcomed the approval. [Full Text]

The WestConnex New M5 application documents are online. [Full Text]

Minister Stokes also announced approval for changes to the Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail at Randwick. [Full Text]

Bill Shorten and Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said Labor will act to ensure there is no noise impact on existing residences from night time flights at Badgerys Creek Airport. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Fletcher criticised the Opposition's announced policy on the Badgerys Creek Airport. [Full Text]

Minister Fletcher discussed the Opposition's policy in a press conference. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Toole said that more than 500 serving councillors have expressed an interest in roles with new councils in NSW. [Full Text]

The NSW Office of Local Government issued a statement on the timing of local government elections. [Full Text]

Property industry confidence remains high in NSW, according to the Property Council and ANZ. [Full Text]

Consult Australia released the winning entries, runner-up entries and shortlisted entries for its Next Big Idea Design Competition for Sydney. [Full Text]

The University of Canberra announced an agreement with CIC Australia for a $1.7 billion sustainable residential development to be constructed on campus over a 15 to 20-year period. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the agreement will see a staged release of up to 3,300 residences over the next 20 years with the number of dwellings capped at 200 a year. [Full Text]

The ACT Auditor General released a report on the maintenance of public housing. [Full Text]

Auditor-General Dr Maxine Cooper said that ACT Housing and Community Services has positioned itself positively, but called for improvements in governance, risk management and quality control. [Full Text]

The ACT Opposition commented on the report. [Full Text]

Professor Kate Auty has been announced as the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment. [Full Text]

The ACT has recorded the country's highest yearly increase in property industry business sentiment, according to the Property Council and ANZ. [Full Text]

Treasurer David Tollner announced that Infrastructure Capital Group will be the investment manager for the NT Infrastructure Development Fund, to invest directly in greenfield and brownfield developments. [Full Text]

The Management Plan for the Casuarina Coastal Reserve in Darwin has been approved. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Victoria released a report on its first consultation for the development of a 30-year infrastructure strategy. [Full Text]

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas announced a stamp duty increase for foreign buyers of residential real estate, from 3 per cent to 7 per cent. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that in one fell swoop, the Government has surrendered Melbourne's competitive investment edge to Sydney. [Full Text]

The Victorian Local Governance Association commented on the passage of the Local Government (Greater Geelong City Council) Bill. [Full Text]

The Tourism and Transport Forum issued its pre-budget submission for Victoria, including recommendations on improving the visitor transport experience. [Full Text]

UDIA Victoria CEO Enzo Raimondo announced his resignation after 16 years of service. [Full Text]

The Committee for Melbourne issued a communique. [Full Text]

Minister Jackie Trad announced a review of the local government councillor complaints process in Queensland. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association of Queensland criticised a Committee report that recommends making private schools exempt from infrastructure charges. [Full Text]

The confidence of Queensland's property industry has dipped below the national average, according to the Property Council and ANZ. [Full Text]

The Association of Consulting Architects released three reports on the state of the architectural profession in SA. [Full Text]

Adelaide Mayor Martin Haese issued a summary of outcomes form last week's summit on the expansion of Adelaide's light rail network. [Full Text]

The City of Adelaide announced that it has commissioned new research on how to leverage emerging and future employment markets to grow the Adelaide CBD population. [Full Text]

The UDIA said that the PM's 'Cities Deal' model will result in better planning for infrastructure in Perth. [Full Text]

The Tourism and Transport Forum issued its pre-budget submission for WA, including recommendations on increasing the connectivity and liveability of cities and regions. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that in WA, the retail and retirement living sectors continue to be the only parts of the industry with growth expectations. [Full Text]

The Tasmanian property industry continues to remain optimistic about future economic prospects, according to the Property Council and ANZ. [Full Text]