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Victoria has recorded its highest net interstate migration in over forty years, with most of the increase attributed to people moving from NSW, according to the ABS. [Full Text]

A Senate Committee report on Australia's transport energy resilience and sustainability has been tabled. [Full Text]

A report from a Senate Inquiry on the environment has been tabled. [Full Text]

A report on independence in the not-for-profit sector has been issued by the Council of Social Service. [Full Text]

A bills digest on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Defined Benefit Income Streams) Bill is online. [Full Text]

A Senate Inquiry report on the adequacy of residential care arrangements for young people with severe physical, mental, or intellectual disabilities has been tabled. [Full Text]

Greens MP Rachel Siewert urged the Government to adopt the report's 12 recommendations. [Full Text]

The Conversation published an article by Di Winkler of Monash University and the Summer Foundation responding to the report. [Full Text]

AHURI issued a report on the future housing and support needs of people with dementia. [Full Text]

A boom in the large format retail industry is being driven by strong housing growth, record low interest rates and increased consumer confidence, according to the Large Format Retail Association. [Full Text]

Paris firm Moreau Kusunoki Architectes has won an international competition to design the Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki. [Full Text]

Minister Rob Stokes called on Sydneysiders to start a social media discussion on Sydney's future, as a contribution to the upcoming work of the Greater Sydney Commission. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute commended the NSW Government's commitment to improving planning and infrastructure delivery, through announced Budget measures. [Full Text]

A report profiling existing strata schemes in Sydney and their potential for renewal has been released by the UNSW City Futures Research Centre. [Full Text]

The report demonstrates the importance of ensuring planning rules encourage the renewal of ageing substandard buildings, according to the Urban Taskforce. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Luke Foley gave his Budget reply speech. [Full Text]

The NSW Parliamentary Research Service released 'Sydney's road network: plans and prospects'. [Full Text]

Kingsgrove has been announced as the proposed location for the western entry of the new M5 tunnel, part of the WestConnex project. [Full Text]

A community update on the WestConnex project is online. [Full Text]

Minister Warren Truss announced the passage of the Airports Amendment Bill through Parliament and said it brings an airport for Western Sydney another step closer. [Full Text]

A bills digest on the Airports Amendment Bill is online. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber described the Opposition's proposal to lift restrictions on international air services agreements for the Western Sydney Airport as innovative, and one that should be considered. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW issued an overview of the NSW Budget. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Luke Foley proposed the transfer of 20,000 public housing dwellings in NSW from the Government to community housing associations. [Full Text]

St George Community Housing welcomed a NSW Budget allocation of $20 million over three years to the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Penny Sharpe said almost $22 million has been cut from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service budget. [Full Text]

Minister Niall Blair announced the commencement of tunnelling for a 2.4 kilometre underground stormwater drain from Green Square in inner Sydney. [Full Text]

Minister Brad Hazzard announced that Evolve Housing received the Australasian Housing Institute's Excellence in Social Housing award. [Full Text]

St George Community Housing welcomed a commendation for excellence in social housing at the awards. [Full Text]

A consultation report for the revised Canberra Brickworks + Environs Planning and Development Strategy is online. [Full Text]

The NT Planning Commission launched a consultation toward the development of area plans for Darwin's inner suburbs. [Full Text]

The NT Planning Commission Chairman issued an update. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton released a summary of the Infrastructure Victoria Bill. [Full Text]

The Australian Constructors Association welcomed legislation to establish Infrastructure Victoria. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government announced a three-year review of the Residential Tenancies Act, as part of the 'Plan for Fairer, Safer Housing' initiative. [Full Text]

The results of a survey on community satisfaction with local government in Victoria have been released through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. [Full Text]

Minister Natalie Huchins said 69 per cent of residents believe their council is heading in the right direction. [Full Text]

Lend Lease Engineering has been announced as the successful tenderer for the design and construction of Brisbane's $1.1 billion Gateway Upgrade North road project. [Full Text]

The WA Government issued an update on its program of Government-owned property sales to reduce state debt. [Full Text]

The Committee for Perth issued a case study examining the 'Raffles Waterfront' high density residential and commercial development in Perth. [Full Text]

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said the WA Government has admitted that its draft public transport plan has been abandoned. [Full Text]

The UDIA will host "Affordable Housing: Delivering the Vision" on 23 July in Perth. [Full Text]