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AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

The Productivity Commission issued 'Report on Government Services - Housing and Homelessness'. [Full Text]

National Shelter called on the Government to rethink its approach to housing assistance, following the release of the Productivity Commission report. [Full Text]

A report on redeveloping dispersed and ageing public housing properties in the middle suburbs has been released by AHURI. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The Australian housing market has been rated as severely unaffordable by Demographia in its annual International Housing Affordability Survey. [Full Text]

Almost 10 per cent of all property purchases are by first home buyers as an investment, according to NAB. [Full Text]

FINANCE

Interest rates are likely to remain very low in 2015, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

ICT

The Property Council made a submission on the Government's telecommunications infrastructure policy for new developments. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT

Updated climate change projections have been released by the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / INTERNATIONAL

Singaporean property firm Keppel Land has been ranked the 4th most sustainable corporation in the world by Corporate Knights magazine. [Full Text]

RURAL AND REGIONAL / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Minister Warren Truss announced the Chair and Deputy Chair appointments for Regional Development Australia. [Full Text]

EVENTS / DESIGN

A conference on the changing role of risk in architecture will be held during May in Melbourne, hosted by the Australian Institute of Architects. [Full Text]

EVENTS / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

An event on housing and productivity growth will be hosted by AHURI in Sydney during March. [Full Text]

AWARDS / INDUSTRY

Finalists for the Property Council's Innovation and Excellence Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL

The Committee for Sydney issued 'Sydney Manifesto: NSW Election March 2015', highlighting the top 10 key issues facing Sydney in the coming years. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Local Government NSW issued its priorities document for the NSW election. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Tourism & Transport Forum said that the proposed second Sydney Harbour rail crossing is a crucial piece of infrastructure and should receive bi-partisan support. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY

Minister Dominic Perrottet issued a statement on the recently introduced NSW Prequalification Scheme for General Construction Works valued up to $1 million. [Full Text]

Further information on the scheme is online. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / INDUSTRY

The Federal Government announced the finalisation of its $1 billion concessional loan to the ACT Government for the remediation of homes affected by loose-fill asbestos. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Queensland Opposition announced a policy of funding tenant advice services. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Local Government Association of Queensland released the responses of major parties to its 10 Point Policy Plan. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / GENERAL

The Property Council called for a tax reform advisory council for Queensland. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

Land Supply Updates for Bunbury and Pilbara have been issued by the WA Planning Commission. [Full Text]