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The Smart Cities Council and Consult Australia released 'Smart Cities Guide for Built Environment Consultants'. [Full Text]

The Australasian Railway Association gave evidence at a hearing for the inquiry into the Australian Government's role in the development of cities (transcript). [Full Text]

RBA Assistant Governor Michele Bullock discussed 'Household Indebtedness and Mortgage Stress' in a speech. [Full Text]

Demand from domestic investors and foreign buyers declined somewhat in the September quarter, according to the RBA. [Full Text]

The HIA said a defining characteristic of the current housing market is that investors are withdrawing from the market and being replaced by first home buyers. [Full Text]

An overview of the HIA National Outlook is online. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said the IMF strongly endorsed reforms to negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount. [Full Text]

The IMF report is online. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary, Dec 2017'. [Full Text]

The Association of Consulting Architects issued a summary of its recent National Executive Committee meeting. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Stephen Jones said the Government is failing on its regional cities agenda. [Full Text]

AgriFutures said a national approach to assess agricultural road use is needed to evaluate road projects. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Census of Population and Housing: Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2016'. [Full Text]

The HIA issued a construction brief. [Full Text]

PM&C issued information on Australia's approach to the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. [Full Text]

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced that a productivity commission will be established in NSW, with housing affordability as one of its four core themes. [Full Text]

Treasurer Perrottet announced that a chief economist will be appointed for NSW. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the proposal could dramatically help with housing supply. [Full Text]

The UDIA said that while it is welcome that the Government is looking for solutions to housing affordability, the Government already knows the solutions. [Full Text]

The Ai Group said that NSW needs a framework for generating wealth and jobs beyond the infrastructure build that is currently dominating the State's economy. [Full Text]

Better regulation, more efficient processes and lower housing and cost of living costs should be the focus of the new NSW Productivity Commission, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

The NSW Business Chamber said that for the NSW economy to stay number one, existing regulation must be tackled and any new regulation must be as efficient as it can be. [Full Text]

An overview of the HIA State Outlook for NSW is online. [Full Text]

Minister Victor Dominello said that ICC Sydney has generated $785 million in direct expenditure and created 3,700 jobs for the NSW economy in its first year of operation. [Full Text]

Minister Anthony Roberts issued an update on the establishment of Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels for NSW. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW urged Minister Roberts to rethink the mandatory imposition of Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels. [Full Text]

IPART released a fact sheet on the discount rate for local infrastructure contributions plans in NSW. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW issued 'Inclusive Tourism: Economic Opportunities'. [Full Text]

The ACT Suburban Land Agency released a Statement of Intent. [Full Text]

Minister Yvette Berry said the Statement of Intent is a commitment to provide more Canberrans with new homes, spaces to build businesses and vibrant communities. [Full Text]

The ACT Government is consulting on the redevelopment of the Canberra Technology Park site as a higher education and enhanced community precinct. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the HIA National Outlook confirms that the ACT Government's tax reform program is seeing more new homes added to our city's housing supply per capita than any other eastern Australian state. [Full Text]

The HIA said the ACT Chief Minister's proposal to remove stamp duty for first home buyers across the country is a welcome one and worthy of a broader discussion. [Full Text]

The ACT Government released 'Whole of Government Communications and Engagement Strategy'. [Full Text]

Treasurer Nicole Manison announced a $1.75 billion infrastructure budget for the NT in 2017-18. [Full Text]

Minister Gerry McCarthy announced $4.7million for Strategic Local Government Infrastructure Fund grants in the NT. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Fletcher and Parliamentary Secretary Daniel Mulino co-chaired a meeting on the Geelong City Deal. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said Commonwealth infrastructure grants to Victoria will collapse to $46 per Victorian by 2020-21. [Full Text]

A group of transport, infrastructure, development and business peak groups urged the Victorian Upper House not to stop the West Gate Tunnel Project. [Full Text]

Minister Jacinta Allan issued an update on the $63 million redevelopment of the Frankston Station Precinct in Melbourne. [Full Text]

Brisbane City Council launched the 'Plan your Brisbane' simulated-city game to help inform a charter of principles on planning decisions. [Full Text]

Acting Premier Jackie Trad announced the shortlisted companies to build Brisbane's Cross River Rail. [Full Text]

The UDIA released a series of regional updates on the Queensland property market. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association welcomed a Queensland Government decision to allow councillors to contact the State's Integrity Commissioner for advice on ethical and integrity issues. [Full Text]

Premier Jay Weatherill launched SA Labor's policy platform ahead of the March 17 election. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued paper on SA Labor's $2 billion infrastructure pipeline and election policy commitments. [Full Text]

The SA Liberal Party released its plan for its first 100 days in government. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a summary of the plan. [Full Text]

SA-Best Leader Nick Xenophon announced a policy to introduce a parliamentary watchdog for local government. [Full Text]

The WA Government announced a private sector reference group for the METRONET public transport program. [Full Text]

The Property Council welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]