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Deloitte released a second report in its, 'Myth busting tax reform' series, including sections on negative gearing and capital gains tax.
The Property Council welcomed the report's findings and said that negative gearing was a legitimate and longstanding part of the tax system used by everyday Australians looking to get ahead.
AHURI issued a report on the transfer of wealth from parents to children, and its impacts on housing and economic outcomes.
The HIA released the discussion paper, 'The Outlook for Residential Building Conditions'.
The HIA said that that from 2016-17 the housing industry risks a decline from record levels which will bring a renewed focus on meaningful housing policy reforms.
Housing was the highest contributor to a CPI increase of 0.5 per cent in the September quarter, according to figures released by the ABS.
The CPI result raises the possibility of an interest rate cut and certainly a sustained period of low interest rates, according to the Real Estate Institute.
The Grattan Institute published the presentation, 'City geography and economic policy'.
The Future Business Council issued 'The Next Boom: A surprise new hope for Australia's economy?'
Minister Jamie Briggs addressed the launch of the Future Business Council's report.
CommSec released its 'State of the States' report for October.
The ABS released information on how to interpret data from its Household Economic Wellbeing series.
Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese discussed transport infrastructure funding in a speech, including the use of value capture from property value increases.
A public debate titled, 'The denser we get the happier we are' will be hosted by RMIT in Melbourne on 4 November.
Minister Victor Dominello announced that the Strata Scheme Management Bill and Strata Scheme Development Bill passed the NSW Legislative Council.
The Urban Taskforce said that the reform is essential for Sydney's growth and that the legislation contains all the necessary checks and balances to protect the interests of the more vulnerable strata owners.
The legislation will give owners of apartments more flexibility to renew dilapidated apartment buildings which are costly to maintain, according to the UDIA.
The Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association said the Bills sanction the eviction of up to 25 per cent of owners who don't want to sell.
The number one ranking for NSW in Commsec's 'State of the States' report is underpinned by housing activity, according to the Urban Taskforce.
The NSW Government announced that George Street has been closed permanently to general traffic between King and Market streets, and that the construction of light rail has commenced.
The Tourism and Transport Forum said that the light rail construction posed some challenges in the short term, but once completed would benefit Sydney residents and tourists alike.
Opposition Leader Luke Foley said that the money being spent on light rail in the Sydney CBD would be better utilised for light rail in Western Sydney.
IPART issued an erratum for its recently released Fit for the Future report and assessments, but said that there have been no changes to assessment outcomes.
An update on local government reform has been issued by the NSW Office of Local Government.
The City of Sydney issued an update on survey results and submissions relating to the Fit for the Future process.
A fact sheet on the NSW Government's 'Communities Plus' affordable housing scheme has been released by Family and Community Services.
The NSW Federation of Housing Associations said the community housing industry would be signing up to participate in the scheme.
Minister Mitch Fifield said NBNCo will connect more than 20,000 NSW Central Coast premises over the next four weeks.
Consult Australia announced the winner of an urban design competition for the Georges River precinct in Western Sydney.
Ministers Andrew Barr and Shane Rattenbury launched a public consultation for development applications relating to Stage 1 and 2 of Canberra's draft light rail network.
The Capital Metro Light Rail development applications are online.
The Australasian Railway Association said the plan is an appropriate and timely proposal that supports a long term vision for Canberra.
Ministers Barr and Rattenbury announced that Canberra's light rail and bus network will be run by a single agency from next year, as part of the ACT Government's Public Transport Improvement Plan.
The Tourism & Transport Forum expressed disappointment that the ACT Government did not accept its own report's recommendations to privatise ACTION buses.
Minister Mick Gentleman approved the rezoning of land to allow for 6,500 homes as part of the ACT's West Belconnen development project.
The ACT Environment and Planning Directorate issued a newsletter.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced that the Juris Partnership consortium has been selected to deliver the $150 million Law Courts redevelopment, in the ACT's first public private partnership.
The NT Government announced that a master plan will be developed for an aviation precinct at Batchelor Airport near Litchfield National Park.
Minister Richard Wynne announced the appointment of Jill Garner as Victoria's Government Architect.
The Planning Institute said the recently released Plan Melbourne Refresh discussion paper seeks to deal with key deficiencies of Plan Melbourne 2014, particularly housing affordability, diversity and supply, climate change and long-term transport planning
The Planning Institute called for a review of minimum car parking controls in Victoria, following the overturn of planning permission for an apartment development without parking in Brunswick.
Minister Natalie Hutchins announced that new regulations relating to local council governance and councillor conduct in Victoria have become law.
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy and Minister Jamie Briggs discussed the Melbourne Metro's proposed South Yarra Station, in an interview.
The Queensland Government released its draft State Infrastructure Plan, containing five priorities for future investment.
The draft State Infrastructure Plan is online for consultation until December.
Minister Jackie Trad announced the eight-member board of Building Queensland.
The Property Council said the draft plan drives home the important role the private sector will need to play in delivering the infrastructure required to unlock growth and prosperity.
Consult Australia said that new funding for infrastructure is the missing link if Building Queensland and the State Infrastructure Plan are to deliver for Queenslanders.
The Greens said Queensland's draft State Infrastructure Plan hardly mentions renewable energy.
The Planning Institute made a submission to the draft new Planning Bills for Queensland.
The UDIA published a summary of its submission to the draft new Planning Bills for Queensland.
Minister Steven Miles introduced the Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill into the Queensland Parliament.
Minister Stephen Mullighan announced that McConnell Dowell will design and build the $160 million O-Bahn bus tunnel to the Adelaide CBD.