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HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The Australia Institute released 'Top Gears: How negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount benefit the top 10 per cent and drive up house prices'. [Full Text]

The Australia Institute also released an analysis of negative gearing benefits by federal electorate. [Full Text]

Property Council CEO Ken Morrison questioned the underlying assumptions of the Australia Institute's findings. [Full Text]

An article on measures of housing affordability was published by CoreLogic RP Data. [Full Text]

RETIREMENT LIVING / ECONOMICS / FINANCE

The Centre for Independent Studies issued 'The Age Old Problem of Old Age: Fixing the Pension', including a chapter on home equity. [Full Text]

SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Anglicare Australia released its annual Rental Affordability Snapshot and said it shows a severe housing crisis for people on low incomes. [Full Text]

Wesley Mission released a report on financial stress. [Full Text]

A report on the relationship between intergenerational transfers, housing and economic outcomes has been published by AHURI. [Full Text]

An article on the link between housing affordability and domestic abuse was published by The Conversation. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / ACCESSIBILITY

A disability housing action plan was published through the 'Every Australian Counts' campaign. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS

The ABS released selected cost of living data for the March quarter. [Full Text]

DEMOGRAPHY

The Parliamentary Library published an article on potential changes to the way the ABS conducts the Census. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Minister Warren Truss announced that Laing O'Rourke and Parsons Brinkerhoff have been selected to participate in a Pacific Highway section upgrade as Australia's first major 'delivery partner model' infrastructure project. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The results of a survey of residents in Sydney's Banksia and Arncliffe priority precincts have been released by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

A playing field at Concord in Sydney has been announced as a mid-tunnel access point for the M4 East works as part of the WestConnex road project. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Minister Paul Toole announced that IPART, supported by SA's John Comrie, will review local council submissions to the NSW Fit for the Future initiative. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Property Council said that over $1 billion in levies is sitting unspent by local councils in Sydney, and called for an overhaul of local government infrastructure programs in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / EVENTS / PLANNING

UrbanGrowth NSW issued a fact sheet on the Bays Precinct Sydneysiders Summit, to be held on 16 and 17 May. [Full Text]

The UDIA welcomed the upcoming Sydneysider Summit and Leadership Forums and said it is good to see UrbanGrowth NSW engaging the community and industry up-front. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

Consultation toward the development of a Master Plan for the Curtin Group Centre in Canberra was announced by Minister Mick Gentleman. [Full Text]

Further information on the Curtin Group Centre Master Plan is online. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / GENERAL

The NT Budget has been released. [Full Text]

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

NORTHERN TERRITORY / FINANCE

Treasurer David Tollner announced changes to the First Home Owner Grant in the NT. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Peter Chandler said infrastructure spending has increased by more than $300 million in the 2015 NT Budget. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister Jacinta Allan announced $1.5 billion for the planning, design and early works on Melbourne's Metro Rail project. [Full Text]

A video overview of the Metro Rail project has been released by the Victorian Government. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia said the announcement is an important signal of a renewed infrastructure agenda in Victoria. [Full Text]

The Tourism and Transport Forum said the Metro Rail project is the most important infrastructure project for Melbourne and will provide a critical capacity boost for the entire public transport network. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDUSTRY

The UDIA Victoria called on the property industry to actively increase gender diversity in management roles. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / INDUSTRY

AV Jennings announced a joint venture with AustralianSuper to develop over 2000 housing lots in Melbourne's northern corridor. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AWARDS / INDUSTRY

The Property Council announced that the 'Highpoint' project in Maribyrnong has been recognised as Development of the Year in its 2015 Innovation and Excellence Awards. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOMELESSNESS / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Victorian Council of Social Service called for a whole-government housing strategy, in a submission ahead of the Victorian Budget. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

Prosper Australia advocated for the abolition of stamp duty and the removal of exemptions on land tax, in a submission to the SA Government's tax review discussion paper. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / RETIREMENT LIVING

The Property Council made a submission to the SA Draft Retirement Villages Bill (2015). [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / SUSTAINABILITY

The SA Government and Adelaide City Council announced an agreement on greenhouse emissions reporting. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT

The SA Government announced that it will publish weekly statistics on the performance of public transport services. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT

The City of Perth called for feedback toward the development of an integrated transport strategy. [Full Text]