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GENERAL

The OECD issued 'The Metropolitan Century: Understanding Urbanisation and its Consequences'. [Full Text]

'Governing the City' was also released by the OECD. [Full Text]

PLANNING / ECONOMICS

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese commented on the growing divide between the locations of population growth and job opportunities in cities, in an opinion piece. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

Minister Scott Morrison announced $230 million to extend the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness to 2017, and said states and territories will now need to match the Commonwealth's commitment. [Full Text]

The Council of Social Service welcomed the announcement as excellent news that provides vital services and some security at a time of great funding uncertainty. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT

The PM and Minister Greg Hunt released the long term sustainability plan for the Great Barrier Reef and announced $100m towards its implementation. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY

The Ai Group issued a statement in support of the extension of the examination powers of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner. [Full Text]

EVENTS / SUSTAINABILITY

The Property Council published a brief summary of key presentations at last week's Green Cities conference. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The NSW Opposition released a 10-point housing affordability package, including a proposed new Premier's Council for Affordable Housing. [Full Text]

Shelter NSW welcomed recent announcements by major parties in the NSW election to substantially increase social and affordable rental housing. [Full Text]

The Sydney Alliance called for further detail on the NSW Government's proposed $1 billion Social and affordable housing incentive fund for NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The Planning Institute published a summary of discussions at a recent NSW Planners Dinner with Minister Pru Goward and Opposition Spokesperson Jodi McKay. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOMELESSNESS

Minister Gabrielle Upton welcomed the Federal Government's announced extension of the National Partnership on Homelessness. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL

Budget Impact Statements for the NSW Government and Opposition have been released by the NSW Parliamentary Budget Office. [Full Text]

Treasurer Andrew Constance commented on the Budget Impact Statements. [Full Text]

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley commented on the Budget Impact Statements. [Full Text]

The NSW Business Chamber commented on the NSW major parties' pre-election policy agendas. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / TOURISM

The Tourism and Transport Forum said it welcomed an agreement by the NSW Government to develop a combined tourism and transport strategy. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The Property Council welcomed an ACT Government decision to release a portion of the new Molonglo Valley suburb of Denman Prospect for sale to the private sector. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / RURAL AND REGIONAL / INDIGENOUS / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Peter Chandler issued a statement on the NT Government's Regional Economic Infrastructure Fund. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The Victorian Government announced a review of regulation to come into effect on July 1 that removes the requirement for real estate agents to be involved in large commercial property transactions. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING

Minister Jackie Trad announced the approval of the $1 billion Pacific View Estate at the Gold Coast. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / FINANCE

The Real Estate Institute called for the reinstatement of first home owner grants for existing housing in Queensland. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / INDUSTRY / LEGAL

The new SA Residential Tenancies Tribunal will commence operations next week. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute issued a brief on the new Tribunal. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The WA Government announced that it has received 5 expressions of interests for the $2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Access Housing CEO Garry Ellender discussed the emergence of large scale not-for-profit community housing providers, at the recent WA Affordable Housing Development Summit. [Full Text]