Monday, 14 May 2018

GENERAL / ECONOMICS

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten delivered a Federal Budget Reply. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton provided an overview of the Reply. [Full Text]

The Parliamentary Budget Office issued a Federal Budget Snapshot. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE

PM Malcolm Turnbull and Minister Paul Fletcher announced a $1 billion Urban Congestion Fund. [Full Text]

Ministers Fletcher and Michael McCormack said Mr Shorten's Budget Reply contained a lack of detail on infrastructure. [Full Text]

The Civil Contractors Federation said new infrastructure projects have been announced but no additional money has been allocated in the Federal Budget to the existing 10 year rolling $75 billion infrastructure program. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The ABS issued 'Building Approvals, Australia, Mar 2018'. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Housing Finance, Australia, March 2018.' [Full Text]

The ABS figures show that the number of loans for housing has continued to decline over the last six months, according to the Real Estate Institute. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Greens said the Senate passed a Greens/ALP motion calling for increased funding for social housing and homelessness services, and to ensure renters' rights are protected. [Full Text]

A national alliance of community, housing and homelessness organisations said a Federal Budget analysis shows federal homelessness and social housing funding has been cut 16 per cent over 5 years. [Full Text]

Mission Australia said the Government missed another opportunity in the Federal Budget to address rising homelessness and provide a national plan to meet the affordable housing shortage. [Full Text]

The Institute for Health and Welfare issued 'Social housing: experiences of homelessness'. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / INDIGENOUS

The Institute for Health and Welfare issued 'Social housing: Indigenous tenants'. [Full Text]

PLANNING

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese discussed defining smart cities, improving productivity in cities, sustainability, and liveability, in a speech to the Australian Smart Communities Conference. [Full Text]

RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Matthew Canavan said the Federal Budget added $3.3 billion to funds for projects in the north. [Full Text]

AWARDS / PLANNING / INDUSTRY

The Planning Institute announced the winners of the National Awards for Planning Excellence. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

Ministers Fletcher and Anthony Roberts said recent media reports concerning noise restrictions for housing around Western Sydney Airport are inaccurate. [Full Text]

Minister Yvette Berry announced reforms in the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill to provide NSW tenants experiencing financial hardship greater security in their homes. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / SUSTAINABILITY

The City of Sydney said it has proposed stronger sustainability standards for new commercial buildings to reduce emissions and stop more waste from going to landfill. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AWARDS / PLANNING

The NSW DPE said it received two awards: Australia's Planner of the Year and Improving Planning Processes and Practices, at the Planning Institute's national congress. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / TRANSPORT

Minister Meegan Fitzharris said the 'Road Transport Reform (Light Rail) Legislation Amendment Act 2018' was passed by the Legislative Assembly. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

The Victorian Government called for feedback on the draft Cultural River Precinct Structure Plan, a corridor of the Yarra River between Bulleen Park and Banyule. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Jaala Pulford said the Federal Budget contained no funding for the Geelong City Deal. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The Victorian Auditor-General made thirteen recommendations following an audit of the Regional Rail Link Project. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT

Infrastructure Victoria released a report outlining future scenarios for automated and zero emissions vehicles in Victoria. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / EDUCATION

Minister James Merlino said construction on eight new schools announced in the Victorian Budget in Melbourne's outer suburban growth areas will be fast-tracked. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

Master Builders said during May WorkSafe inspectors will focus on fall hazards in an effort to reduce numbers of workers injured at housing construction sites. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Victorian Local Government Association outlined Federal Budget impacts for local government in Victoria. [Full Text]

The Victorian Parliament issued a statement on reports, 'Sustainability and operational challenges of Victoria's rural and regional councils.' [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING

Minister Cameron Dick announced the Queensland Government will consider all options to resist the Australian Government turning Federal land into housing at Birkdale. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / TRANSPORT

Brisbane City Council released 'Brisbane Metro - draft design report: key findings'. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Paul Fletcher said the Federal Budget has committed $5.2 billion to new major projects in Queensland, 30 per cent of infrastructure funding. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INDUSTRY / ECONOMICS

The Property Council said its data highlights the economic importance of the property industry in metropolitan and regional areas of Queensland. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said the Federal Budget did not include a single new dollar of rail and road funding for SA. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / INDIGENOUS

Shelter SA said that Commonwealth and State Governments should look at providing suitable and appropriate housing for Aboriginal people first and foremost, in its critique of Closing the Gap. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / GENERAL / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Ben Wyatt delivered the WA Budget. [Full Text]

The WA Budget papers are online. [Full Text]

Premier Mark McGowan and Treasurer Wyatt said after a contraction in 2016-17, growth in the WA economy is expected to rebound to 2.5 per cent in 2017-18 and 3.25 per cent in 2018-19. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton released a Budget overview. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / ECONOMICS / ENVIRONMENT / REGULATION

Minister Stephen Dawson announced Budget measures for an improved cost recovery model to help speed up environmental approvals and support economic growth. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The UDIA said the WA Government underestimates the impact that the increase to the Foreign Buyers Surcharge could have on WA property market recovery. [Full Text]

The Property Council said an opportunity was missed to attract foreign investment with the increase in the proposed foreign stamp duty surcharge. [Full Text]

The Property Council said housing affordability remains a critical issue across Australia and the Federal Budget does not include direct measures to tackle the issue. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said data for the March quarter reveals Perth's rental market is leading the property market recovery. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The WA Council of Social Service said the release of the Federal Budget will increase pressure on the State Budget to address the needs of households facing hardship. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute welcomed the WA Government's decision not to increase property taxes in the WA Budget but said it includes no new initiatives to address housing affordability or reinvigorate the property sector. [Full Text]

Shelter WA said the WA Government's Social and Affordable Housing Package does not go far enough. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / TRANSPORT / INDUSTRY

Premier McGowan and Minister Peter Tinley said the State Government, in partnership with local industry, will invest $394 million in social and affordable housing projects to complement METRONET. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier McGowan and Minister Rita Saffioti announced a $3.6 billion investment in Perth METRONET projects in the WA Budget. [Full Text]

Minister Saffioti announced the introduction of the Railway (METRONET) Bill 2018 into State Parliament. [Full Text]

Minister Saffioti said the WA Budget includes a $3.2 billion investment for road infrastructure and maintenance initiatives. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HERITAGE

Minister David Templeman announced a WA Budget investment $4 million of sales proceeds of restored heritage buildings to continue the Heritage Revolving Fund. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INDUSTRY / EDUCATION

Minister Sue Ellery announced the WA Government will remove the resource industry's exemption from contributing to the Building and Construction Industry Training Fund. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The Property Council said that the State Government should take responsibility for housing supply through legislating for regulatory timeframes. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Ministers Roger Jaensch and Jacquie Petrusma said the new Department for Human Services, Housing, Disability Services, Community Development and Sport and Recreation will be named the Department of Communities Tasmania. [Full Text]