Thursday, 10 May 2018

GENERAL / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Scott Morrison delivered the Federal Budget. [Full Text]

The Budget papers are online. [Full Text]

The Parliamentary Library released 'The Commonwealth Budget: a quick guide'. [Full Text]

Treasurer Morrison and Minister Mathias Cormann outlined Budget measures for a strong economy. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen and Shadow Minister Jim Chalmers said the Budget favours businesses. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin outlined Budget funding and policy announcements in a brief. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute issued 'Budget 2018: built on good fortune, relying on luck'. [Full Text]

PwC issued a Budget commentary. [Full Text]

GRACosway issued a Budget overview. [Full Text]

The ACCI said business would have liked more ambition for long term budget repair and decreased reliance on increasing tax revenue. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS

Shadow Minister Doug Cameron said the Budget failed to deliver the leadership required to address the nation's housing and homelessness crisis. [Full Text]

The Budget had no measures that address housing supply and affordability, according to the Real Estate Institute. [Full Text]

Homelessness Australia said federal homelessness and housing funding will drop to $1.54 billion next financial year, the lowest level in a decade. [Full Text]

PowerHousing said whilst there is less focus on affordable housing there are tax cuts which will support those on low incomes and assist with cost of living pressures that are usually housing weighted. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The improved fiscal and economic outlook in the Budget should provide industry and customers with confidence when making home building and renovating decisions, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

The UDIA said the Budget provides a sound base for economic growth but misses the mark on housing affordability. [Full Text]

Core Logic said state and local governments received $52.5 billion in 2016-17 from property taxes. [Full Text]

A Senate committee issued a report and comments from its inquiry into the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Bill. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / RURAL AND REGIONAL / INDIGENOUS / EMPLOYMENT

Shadow Minister Cameron said the Budget cuts $1.5 billion from remote Indigenous housing and employment over the next four years. [Full Text]

RETIREMENT LIVING

The Property Council said Budget measures to help older Australians live independently at home longer need to be accompanied by incentives to help people 'rightsize' for their future needs. [Full Text]

DESIGN

The Institute of Landscape Architects, Smart Cities Council Australia and NZ and Internet of Things Alliance released the Future Street position statement calling on government to embrace streets as important public spaces. [Full Text]

A video for the Future Street position statement is online. [Full Text]

PLANNING / INDIGENOUS

Staff from RMIT, Deakin and Griffith Universities said Indigenous communities are reworking urban planning, but planners need to accept their history. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Ministers Michael McCormack, John McVeigh and Paul Fletcher said the Government will invest more than $75 billion in transport infrastructure projects over the next 10 years. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said that Commonwealth infrastructure grants to the states will fall in each of the next four years from the promised $8 billion in 2017-18 to $4.5 billion in 2021-22. [Full Text]

Less than $1 in every $5 is going to public transport from the Government's infrastructure grants, according to The Greens. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute issued 'The infrastructure budget trap'. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council said the attention on urban congestion hot spots backed by $1 billion in funding is particularly welcome and should be part of a broader strategy to support better urban design outcomes. [Full Text]

The Property Council called for the Government?s ten-year infrastructure pipeline funding to be leveraged into growth plans for cities, in partnership with the states and territories. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships said the Budget has cut real infrastructure funding by $2 billion over forward estimates. [Full Text]

The Automobile Association said this Budget sees a declining proportion of federal motoring taxes re-invested into land transport infrastructure, with limited new commitments beyond projects already announced. [Full Text]

The Railway Association welcomed a $7.9 billion investment in rail. [Full Text]

The Trucking Association said the Government should prioritise safety and road access as it rolls out $24.5 billion in new infrastructure spending announced in the Budget. [Full Text]

TTF said major infrastructure projects are just as important as marketing dollars in growing the visitor economy. [Full Text]

Roads Australia said the $75 billion pipeline over the next decade demonstrates foresight and a commitment to the sort of long-term investment needed in Australia. [Full Text]

Consult Australia said of the $24.5 billion committed to new projects, less than a fifth is projected to be spent in the next four years leaving projects susceptible to economic or political change. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / REGULATION

The National Transport Commision said it is collaborating with all levels of government to create an end-to-end regulatory system for automated vehicles. [Full Text]

PLANNING / ACCESSIBILITY

Staff from Melbourne and La Trobe Universities said the NDIS will reshape Australian cities but urban communities and services also need to take action to achieve participation of people with disabilities. [Full Text]

HERITAGE / ENVIRONMENT / INTERNATIONAL

The paper, 'Towards zero-emission refurbishment of historic buildings: A literature review' was issued by the EU-based MDPI. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY

The Budget addresses four of the five major priority areas identified by industry, according to the Ai Group. [Full Text]

The Ai Group and HIA said its Performance of Construction Index shows non-residential construction drove April growth. [Full Text]

UDIA released a Budget overview for the industry. [Full Text]

Master Builders said the Budget will boost confidence in the building and construction industry. [Full Text]

Master Builders discussed what the Budget means for builders, in a video. [Full Text]

The Institute of Architects issued Budget highlights for the architecture profession. [Full Text]

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Local Government Association said the Budget left local government funding untouched. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

PM Turnbull and Minister McCormack said the Government will fund a $400 million project to duplicate the remaining single-track section of Sydney's Port Botany Rail Line. [Full Text]

The ALC said that announcement is recognition of the role intermodal terminals have in modernising urban supply chains. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the Budget supports key projects across NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The NSW DPE said rezoning at South East Wilton has secured $60 million for public infrastructure after an agreement between it and the private proponent. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said a new clause inserted in the final District Plans could stop thousands of new homes around Western Sydney airport. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DESIGN

The approval by the NSW Government of a new tower over the future Martin Place metro station is a good balanced solution, said the Urban Taskforce. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Shadow Minister Tania Mihailuk said there are 60,000 applicants on the waiting list for social housing in NSW. [Full Text]

Hal Pawson from UNSW said figures show NSW Land and Housing Corporation constructed 1647 homes between 2014-15 and 2016-17 in place of 795 sold on the open market during this period, a gain of 852. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ACCESSIBILITY

Ministers Dan Tehan and Ray Williams said the Commonwealth and NSW Governments have agreed on out of home care support arrangements for children with severe disability. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TOURISM / ECONOMICS

Minister Adam Marshall said Sydney is Australia's top destination for business events and conferences in the latest 'International Congress and Convention Association Country and City Rankings'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / EVENTS / PLANNING

SSROC invited industry experts and leaders to attend 'Cities for Us: Density, Local Infrastructure and Liveability Summit' on 25 July at Doltone House, Hyde Park. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ENERGY

Minister Mick Gentleman announced consultation is open on Draft Variation 356 to make provision of gas utility services to Stage 1 of Ginninderry Estate optional rather than mandatory. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The ACT Greens welcomed the ACT Government's agreement on land tax on vacant homes. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Treasurer Nicole Manison said Treasurer Morrison led Territorians to believe the Central Arnhem and Buntine Highways would benefit from $280 million of upgrades but the Federal Budget revealed most funding is at least five years away. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The NT Department of the Attorney-General and Justice announced a consultation, 'Best practice review of workplace health and safety in the NT'. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ENERGY

Treasurer Tim Pallas said the Victorian Government has asked the Essential Services Commission to investigate practices of electricity distribution businesses connecting electricity to Victoria's new property developments. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Minister Luke Donnellan said Labor will build a North East Link in Victoria. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said Liberal Nationals support an East West Link and North East Link for Victoria. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT

The Victorian Parliament tabled a report, 'Inquiry into Electric Vehicles'. [Full Text]

The City of Melbourne called for feedback on its 'Emerging Technology' transport discussion paper which explores the opportunities and potential issues of a driverless future. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / ACCESSIBILITY

Minister Jacinta Allan said that 10 Melbourne tram stops will be upgraded to become fully accessible. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDUSTRY / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Jaala Pulford announced an EOI process to identify contractors to deliver the Ballarat GovHub. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / GENERAL

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the Federal Budget short-changes Queensland. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING

Deputy Premier Trad said the Queensland Government has committed $5 million to develop a business case for a new entertainment precinct as part of Cross River Rail. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / ECONOMICS / TOURISM

Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the $53 million Yeppoon Lagoon Precinct will boost tourism and the local economy. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Shadow Minister Albanese said the Federal Budget must deliver real infrastructure investment for North Queensland. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / GENERAL

Treasurer Rob Lucas welcomed the Federal Budget. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier Steven Marshall and Minister Stephan Knoll welcomed the Federal Government's $1.8 billion infrastructure investment in SA. [Full Text]

Flinders University said the Federal Government must continue to invest in large scale infrastructure projects, to ensure a faster rate of full-time jobs growth and contain unemployment in SA. [Full Text]

The Centre Alliance said the Federal Budget's new infrastructure spend for SA is less than 3 per cent of funding, even though it has 7 per cent of the national population. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / SUSTAINABILITY / HEALTH

The Green Building Council said it has awarded Royal Adelaide Hospital a 4 Star Green Star - Healthcare As Built rating. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / GENERAL

Treasurer Peter Gutwein said the Victorian Government was confident the Federal Budget will further complement its long-plan for Tasmania's future. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier Will Hodgman said the near $1 billion Federal Budget investment in Tasmania's infrastructure is testament to the partnership between the State and Federal Liberal Governments. [Full Text]

Minister Jeremy Rockliff welcomed the Government's announcement that it will fund its share of the $576 million to replace Bridgewater Bridge and commit $400 million for the Bass Highway corridor. [Full Text]

Premier Hodgman and Minister Elise Archer discussed progress on the Hedberg, a cultural and arts infrastructure project. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Gutwein said the April NAB Monthly Business Survey confirms Tasmanian business confidence is the highest in Australia. [Full Text]