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An infographic, 'Pre-election financial and economic outlook (PEFO) 2016' was issued by The Conversation. [Full Text]

The ABS released figures on the value of construction work done during March. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that residential construction is one of the few bright spots in the economy. [Full Text]

Treasurer Scott Morrison criticised the Opposition's negative gearing policy. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said media reports about Treasurer Morrison's role in steering the property sector to produce a dodgy report are outrageous and concerning if correct. [Full Text]

The ABC published a comparison of major party policies on key issues including negative gearing. [Full Text]

AMP Capital published a paper comparing the performance of direct and listed real estate over the long term across international markets. [Full Text]

The Foreign Investment Review Board issued a guidance note for foreign government investors, including for the purchase of land from a state government for property development. [Full Text]

An article on community engagement approaches to help accommodate increased population, housing density and transport infrastructure has been published by The Conversation. [Full Text]

Austroads issued 'Overcoming Barriers to the Off-peak Movement of Freight in Urban Areas'. [Full Text]

The Institute of Landscape Architects outlined five key policy recommendations and called for responses from major political parties ahead of the federal election. [Full Text]

The PM and Minister Greg Hunt announced a $30 million parks and environment funding package including the new Improving Your Local Parks and Environment program. [Full Text]

The Regional Universities Network issued 'Clever Regions, Clever Australia, Policy Advice for an Incoming Government - 2016'. [Full Text]

The HIA announced the winners of the Australian Housing Awards. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Toole said that new councils will get up to $15 million to kick-start the delivery of priority infrastructure and services, as part of the NSW Stronger Communities Fund. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Fletcher announced $89.1 million for NSW councils under the Financial Assistance Grant program. [Full Text]

The Parramatta Strategic Framework has been released through the Greater Sydney Commission. [Full Text]

The Greater Sydney Commission said the Framework builds an urban logic and spatial analysis to provide a strategic basis for assessing proposed developments in Parramatta. [Full Text]

Lindsay Taylor Lawyers published an article on proposed regulatory reforms to land management and biodiversity conservation in NSW. [Full Text]

An article on the reform of coastal management legislation in NSW was published by The Conversation. [Full Text]

UTS discussed the Green Square urban renewal area as a new paradigm for urban living, in an article. [Full Text]

Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian announced a scheme for private sector operation of the titling and registry business of Land and Property Information, with proceeds to be invested in new infrastructure. [Full Text]

The Law Society of NSW said that there are some state owned assets that should remain in public hands. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Fletcher criticised Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese's position on the funding of Sydney's WestConnex road project. [Full Text]

The City of Sydney provided an update on community feedback received during the consultation process for the draft social sustainability policy and discussion paper, 'A City for All'. [Full Text]

The Property Council urged the NSW Government not to make it harder for families to get into an affordable home by increasing land tax and stamp duty for foreign investors. [Full Text]

Proposals by the NSW Government to make it harder for foreign investors to buy housing will only slow down housing supply, according to the Urban Taskforce. [Full Text]

NSW Fair Trading urged consumers to be aware of property investment schemes promising big returns with low risks. [Full Text]

The NSW ICAC made a submission on the ICAC Inspector's report on his review of the ICAC. [Full Text]

The NSW Built Environment Meets Parliament event will be held on 11 August in Sydney. [Full Text]

The Property Council congratulated Macquarie Group for winning the Rider Levett Bucknall NSW Development of the Year for its rejuvenation of the 50 Martin Place heritage building. [Full Text]

Shortlisted projects for the NSW Architecture Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced a second round for the ACT Public Housing Renewal Program. [Full Text]

The NT Budget has been released. [Full Text]

Treasurer David Tollner outlined the key items in the Budget. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the NT Budget. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Adam Giles announced a 50 per cent stamp duty discount for first-home buyers of established homes valued at up to $450,000. [Full Text]

The NT Government announced a $20 million Home Improvement Scheme. [Full Text]

The HIA welcomed the announcements of stamp duty discounts and the Home Improvement Scheme. [Full Text]

Minister Bess price announced $140 million over 5 years for social housing and homeless projects in the NT. [Full Text]

Minister Price announced $1 million for the establishment of the Remote Housing Development Authority. [Full Text]

Minister Peter Chandler outlined the key infrastructure items in the NT Budget. [Full Text]

Minister Chandler outlined the Budget's transport infrastructure items. [Full Text]

Minister Fletcher announced $4.1 million for NT councils under the Financial Assistance Grant program. [Full Text]

Premier Daniel Andrews announced changes to the Victorian Government's Ministry which he said would strengthened its focus on jobs, major projects, and law and order. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government appointed three administrators to run the City of Greater Geelong in place of the council, which was dismissed in April. [Full Text]

The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority released artist impressions for five new underground stations as part of the Melbourne Metro project. [Full Text]

The Queensland Government released online polling results from its 'Shaping SEQ' consultation, part of a review of the South East Queensland Regional Plan. [Full Text]

Minister Fletcher announced $56.4 million for Queensland councils under the Financial Assistance Grant program. [Full Text]

Opposition Leaders Bill Shorten and Mark McGowan announced $1 billion towards the Metronet rail network for Perth. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Albanese said the funding commitment to Metronet will depend on a positive assessment from Infrastructure Australia. [Full Text]

Minister Fletcher said Labor's Metronet funding commitment is really an announcement that it will refuse to back the vitally needed Perth Freight Link project. [Full Text]

Minister Fletcher announced $19.1 million for SA councils under the Financial Assistance Grant program. [Full Text]

Minister Donna Faragher unveiled concept designs for a new public open space in the Midlands Railway Workshops precinct in Perth. [Full Text]

Minster Albert Jacob announced grants available under the WA Government's Heritage Grants Program to help private owners conserve and revitalise their properties. [Full Text]

The Tasmanian Government announced a doubling of the First Home Owners Grant for the construction of new homes until June 2017. [Full Text]

The HIA welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute made a submission to the State Planning Provisions of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme. [Full Text]