Thursday, 8 February 2018

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

Treasurer Scott Morrison discussed negative gearing in an interview. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said Mr Morrison claimed he knew more than Treasury on reforms to negative gearing because he was a policy manager at the Property Council in the early 1990s. [Full Text]

The RBA said that nationwide measures of housing prices are little changed over the past six months, with prices having recorded falls in some areas. [Full Text]

The RBA issued a chart pack, including data on house prices, household finances and building approvals. [Full Text]

The HIA said that the continued environment of remarkably low interest rates is very beneficial for renters. [Full Text]

ME Bank issued its twice-yearly Household Financial Comfort Report. [Full Text]

The Productivity Commission issued the draft report, 'Competition in the Australian Financial System'. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Bowen outlined how the draft report shows that the Government's policies on negative gearing have effectively subsidised gains in the banking sector. [Full Text]

PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE / DEMOGRAPHICS / HEALTH

Engineers Australia called for a national population policy to guide the distribution of settlement and infrastructure investment, at a Parliamentary Committee hearing. [Full Text]

The Engineers Australia submission is online. [Full Text]

The Heart Foundation said its key recommendation to the Committee was for the implementation of National Urban Design policies that enable active living for Australians of all ages and abilities in cities and towns. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT / ECONOMICS

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said that in the next few decades, Australia has a golden opportunity to use a planned increase in rail industry investment to reinvent the advanced manufacturing sector. [Full Text]

The Ai Group said its Performance of Construction Index for January indicates industry-wide growth for a 12th consecutive month. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Shadow Minister Jason Clare said the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility has only invested $16 million of a $5 billion fund. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / RURAL AND REGIONAL / INDIGENOUS

National Shelter asked Governments to ensure funding for housing in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities continues, and that it is extended to urban areas. [Full Text]

SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

UNSW and the Council of Social Service announced a collaboration to focus on poverty and inequality. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / INTERNATIONAL

The US-based National Science Foundation issued 'Sustainable Urban Systems: Articulating a Long-Term Convergence Research Agenda'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT

Premier Gladys Berejiklian released the NSW Government's Road Safety Plan. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Pru Goward opened the Expressions of Interest for the second phase of the NSW Social and Affordable Housing Fund. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The City of Sydney released a draft guide for the naming of suburbs, roads, parks, open spaces, places and buildings. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The Property Council said that NSW is trailing both Victoria and Queensland in the pursuit to build enough homes for their respective populations. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The City of Sydney announced that it is selling surplus land for the creation of more affordable housing in Green Square. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / FINANCE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced an additional annual land tax surcharge for foreign investors in the ACT. [Full Text]

The HIA said that taxing foreign investors is not the way to solve housing affordability issues in the ACT. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / SUSTAINABILITY

The ACT Government and the University of Canberra launched a survey on the expected effects of climate change. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / GENERAL

Opposition Leader Alistair Coe announced the Canberra Liberals' new Shadow Ministry. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the ACT Shadow Ministry reshuffle. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The cost of constructing a house in Victoria accelerated by 5 per cent in 2017 which is higher than the national pace of 4 per cent, according to CoreLogic. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDUSTRY

Engineers Australia welcomed the appointment of Victoria's First Chief Engineer. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT

The full suite of reports, fact sheets and videos are online for Infrastructure Victoria's recent research on managing transport demand. [Full Text]

Victoria Walks and Youth Affairs Council Victoria issued 'Young People and Walking'. [Full Text]

Premier Daniel Andrews unveiled a life-size model of Melbourne's new High Capacity Metro Train. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / TRANSPORT / TOURISM

Ministers Mark Bailey and Kate Jones released the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Transport Plan. [Full Text]

Minister Bailey said the Gold Coast light rail network will operate 24 hours a day, every day during the Commonwealth Games. [Full Text]

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) released its federal budget submission and said the introduction of fast rail was high on the agenda. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / GENERAL

The SA Opposition launched its campaign for the SA election, including policies on infrastructure, adaptive reuse of buildings and transparency for major projects. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / GENERAL

Opposition Leader Rebecca White announced a $115 million Northern Development Package for Tasmania, with a focus on leveraging a Launceston City Deal and expanding the Smart Cities project. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / FINANCE

Premier Will Hodgman announced a 50 per cent stamp duty discount for first home buyers in Tasmania. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier Mark McGowan released a blueprint for the establishment of Infrastructure WA. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the 20-year strategy will secure investment, and provide a road map for development opportunities and locations for future affordable housing. [Full Text]

Engineers Australia said the announcement is a huge step forward for the planning and delivery of the state's pipeline of major projects. [Full Text]

The WA Department of Transport issued 'Westport: Port and Environs Strategy: A long-range vision for Perth and the surrounding regions' freight, trade, logistics and defence needs'. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / FINANCE / INFRASTRUCTURE

The UDIA said that many local councils in WA are holding funds adding up to over a billion dollars that have yet to be spent on community infrastructure. [Full Text]