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Minister Paul Fletcher said that cities policy is a priority for the Turnbull Government in a speech to the 'Future of Suburbia' conference in Brisbane. [Full Text]

Staff from UNSW examined how a city becomes 'smart', using Tel Aviv as a case study. [Full Text]

The Prosper Australia Research Institute issued 'Trickle-Up Economics: Assessing the impact of privatized land rent on economic growth'. [Full Text]

The HIA said that its Affordability Index shows improvement in most capital cities during the first three months of 2018. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Microdata: Household Expenditure, Income and Housing, 2015-16 (Additional Information)'. [Full Text]

Minister Matthew Canavan said ministers have a shared vision and plan to increase productivity, encourage investment and create new jobs in Northern Australia. [Full Text]

Staff from the Universities of Sydney, Queensland and Melbourne said a closer look at business cases raises questions about 'priority' national infrastructure projects. [Full Text]

The Property Council said property industry confidence has surged to its highest level in the history of the ANZ/Property Council Survey. [Full Text]