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Mckinsey issued 'Housing affordability: A supply-side tool kit for cities'. [Full Text]

Hansard is online of evidence from the Regional Australia Institute to the inquiry into the Government's role in the development of cities. [Full Text]

The Treasury Laws Amendment (National Housing and Homelessness Agreement) Bill was introduced into Federal Parliament. [Full Text]

Homelessness Australia and National Shelter said the Bill fails to guarantee urgently needed additional federal resources for housing and homelessness and presents the risk of funding cuts. [Full Text]

The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability) Bill has been referred to a Senate Committee for inquiry. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Doug Cameron said the rising number of older women experiencing homelessness and housing stress is a problem that the Government has ignored. [Full Text]

The Productivity Commission issued 'Shifting the Dial: 5 year productivity review'. [Full Text]

Treasurer Scott Morrison discussed the report in a speech, including the recommendations on cities and infrastructure funding. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the Productivity Commission has raised the vital issues of planning and land use, stamp duties, infrastructure planning and road user charges. [Full Text]

The HIA said the Productivity Commission has once again highlighted that stamp duty is the most inefficient way to apply a tax to housing. [Full Text]

Price increases for new dwelling purchases by owner-occupiers were one of the most significant contributors to inflation in the September quarter, according to the ABS. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said the CPI figure continues to signal good news for home buyers and renters. [Full Text]

CommSec issued its quarterly State of the States report on economic performance. [Full Text]

Ipsos released 'Australia's infrastructure - Public satisfaction and priorities'. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said in its first three Budgets the Government invested nearly $3.9b less than promised, according to Estimates evidence. [Full Text]

The ABS released Census data on the method of travel to work in each capital city. [Full Text]

The NRMA announced that it will establish Australia's largest electric vehicle fast-charging network. [Full Text]

BITRE issued 'International Road Safety Comparisons'. [Full Text]

The ABS updated its Community Profiles series. [Full Text]

The ABS updated its QuickStats search tool for different areas and population groups. [Full Text]

The ABS released microdata from its Survey of Income and Housing and Household Expenditure Survey. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Census of Population and Housing: Working Population Profile, 2016'. [Full Text]

The largest growth in jobs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the past five years has been in construction, according to the ABS. [Full Text]

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors announced a strategic alliance with the Property Institute. [Full Text]

The ACCC issued a paper for its inquiry into residential building, contents, and strata insurance in northern Australia. [Full Text]

The Greater Sydney Region Plan and Transport for NSW's Future Transport Strategy are online. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the Greater Sydney Region Plan. [Full Text]

Committee for Sydney CEO Tim Williams said the plans represent a thorough and detailed blueprint for integrated land and transport in Greater Sydney. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute said it is great to see the planned future transport links responding to the needs of our three cities - their people and businesses. [Full Text]

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations said the proposal to mandate affordable housing targets on rezoned land in Sydney is an important step. [Full Text]

Minister Anthony Roberts announced $113 million for road upgrades in Sydney's west, south-west and north-west under the NSW Housing Acceleration Fund. [Full Text]

The final report has been tabled for the NSW inquiry into road tolls. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Jodi McKay said that we want to see a fairer system in NSW for tolls and bringing in an independent entity, like IPART, to oversee tolling contracts is how to get there. [Full Text]

The ABS said that Sydney residents are the most likely of any capital city to catch public transport to work. [Full Text]

Minister Roberts announced Fiona Morrison as the NSW Government's first Open Space and Parks Design Coordinator. [Full Text]

The City of Sydney announced an agreement with the NSW Department of Education to share and develop more sports fields, cultural facilities and meeting spaces. [Full Text]

Minister Roberts said that housing approvals in Greater Sydney have remained high with 51,119 new homes approved over the 12 months to August. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said that data recently released by the NSW Department of Planning's Housing Monitor indicates a drop in housing approvals while completions remain strong. [Full Text]

The HIA said that new land in Sydney now costs $1,000 per square metre. [Full Text]

Minister Roberts released an explanation of intended effect for proposed reforms to the NSW planning framework for primary production and rural development. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Luke Foley announced a policy to change rental tenancy regulation in NSW, aimed at increasing tenant security. [Full Text]

Minister Gabrielle Upton announced that the Sirius apartment building in The Rocks will not be listed on the NSW State Heritage register. [Full Text]

The World Monuments Fund listed the Sirius building in its 2018 World Monuments Watch list. [Full Text]

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced a $5.7 billion surplus in 2016-17 for NSW as part of the Total State Sector Accounts release. [Full Text]

Treasurer Perrottet said the State of the State report reaffirmed that NSW is the strongest and best performing economy in Australia. [Full Text]

The University of Sydney announced the finalists for the Lendlease Bradfield Urbanisation scholarship. [Full Text]

Ministers Yvette Berry and Mick Gentleman issued an update on planning for a Common Ground homelessness facility and public housing on the 'Section 72' site at Dickson in Canberra. [Full Text]

The ACT Government published updated information on affordable housing price thresholds. [Full Text]

The NT Government issued the discussion paper 'Building Confidence through Better Planning for the Northern Territory' as part of the 'Review, Reframe, Renew' planning initiative. [Full Text]

The NT Government issued the discussion paper 'Planning for a vibrant future', focused on harmonising land use planning with the overall strategy for development in the NT. [Full Text]

The NT Planning Commission released a discussion paper as part of the development of a Central Darwin Area Plan. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the Area Plan needs to incorporate and build on existing planning documents that are already in the public realm, such as the Darwin City Centre Master Plan. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government released the draft Fishermans Bend Framework. [Full Text]

Minister Richard Wynne said the draft Framework sets out blueprints for tram alignments and a future metro station. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council said the draft Framework demonstrates how sustainability can act as a multiplier for better economic and social outcomes across the community. [Full Text]

The Property Council praised the adoption of ambitious targets for housing, jobs and non-car trips, but called for more information and certainty about funding. [Full Text]

Minister Wynne announced a rezoning of industrial land in inner Melbourne to create the new suburb of Macaulay. [Full Text]

The City of Melbourne called for feedback on a landscape concept plan to expand Lincoln Square in Carlton. [Full Text]

Employment in real estate services is booming in Victoria, according to the ABS. [Full Text]

Treasurer Tim Pallas said the October CommSec report shows that construction work in Victoria was 25 per cent above its decade average and more than 10 per cent higher than a year ago. [Full Text]

The Greens introduced a Bill into the SA Parliament to allow local councils to take over vacant land for temporary public use in situations where the owner is unable or unwilling to develop the site. [Full Text]

The WA UDIA said it welcomed the Productivity Commission's recommendation to scrap stamp duties. [Full Text]

Results of the WA Local Government Elections have been declared by the WA Electoral Commission. [Full Text]

The Tasmanian Opposition announced a policy to expand the 'Streets Ahead' housing affordability program. [Full Text]

The ABS announced that Tasmanians are among the least likely of Australians to have moved home in the five years leading up to Census. [Full Text]

Tasmanian Opposition Leader Rebecca White announced a policy to re-open Hobart's northern suburbs rail corridor and rezone the area for medium density housing. [Full Text]