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Infrastructure Australia released the 2018 Infrastructure Priority List. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Australia said that for the first time, the Priority List has been published with an interactive map of the investments that Australia needs to meet its future infrastructure challenges. [Full Text]

Minister Michael McCormack said the Brisbane Metro has been assessed as a High Priority project. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said the Government must respond to the Priority List with extra investment in May's Budget. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute said the decision-making around these projects has to be both coordinated and integrated. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said proposed upgrades of rail links from Sydney to Newcastle and Wollongong will help the development of these two cities as satellites of Sydney. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister David Hodgett said the Infrastructure Australia report found that the missing link between the Eastern Freeway and CityLink was one of Victoria's three most critical infrastructure challenges. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the Priority List provides evidence that all levels of government need to do more to deliver these important projects. [Full Text]

The Logistics Council said that the Priority List confirms an ongoing need for investment in freight infrastructure projects. [Full Text]

The Railway Association said all of the rail projects listed on the Priority List are important nation-building initiatives and are endorsed by the rail sector. [Full Text]

The Federal Government issued its response to the inquiry on the role of transport connectivity in stimulating development and economic activity. [Full Text]

The High Speed Rail Planning Authority Bill was discussed in the Senate. [Full Text]

A series of papers has been tabled as part of the inquiry into the impacts of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure. [Full Text]

Minister John McVeigh said that the deadline to apply for the Government's $272 million Regional Growth Fund is in one month. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council released a vision document for its next version of Green Star and a summary of its upcoming carbon positive roadmap discussion paper. [Full Text]

The International Energy Agency issued 'Energy Policies of IEA Countries - Australia 2018 Review'. [Full Text]

Mirvac issued, 'The Future of the Smart Precinct: A Physical-Digital Intermix for City Innovation'. [Full Text]

The Property Council discussed ways that data can drive better designed buildings. [Full Text]

Sales of new detached houses declined for the second consecutive month during February, although several key markets experienced growth, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said Per Capita research backs Labor's superannuation, negative gearing, capital gains and trusts policies. [Full Text]

The report, 'The Cost of Privilege', by Anglicare and Per Capita is online. [Full Text]

The Productivity Commission issued a report on increased competition in human services. [Full Text]

The Council of Social Service cautioned that introducing further competition into human services provision carried significant risk. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Census of Population and Housing: Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas, Australia, 2016'. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Census of Population and Housing: QuickStats, Australia, 2016'. [Full Text]

The Institute of Health and Welfare issued 'Specialist Homelessness Services Collection data cubes 2011-17'. [Full Text]

Mission Australia issued six key recommendations to address homelessness, in response to recent ABS figures. [Full Text]

APRA Chairman Wayne Byres said that APRA is maintaining a strong focus on the quality of new mortgage lending. [Full Text]

Treasurer Scott Morrison announced measures to address the sustainability and tax integrity risks posed by stapled structures and concessions for foreign investors. [Full Text]

The 'Tax treatment of stapled structures' is online. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the Government importantly recognised the long-standing use of stapled structures in the property industry and noted that this was not the cause of their integrity concern. [Full Text]

The Ai Group issued 'Developing the Workforce for a Digital Future'. [Full Text]

A forum on resilience in the built environment will be held in Sydney on 26 July, convened by the Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating. [Full Text]

Deloitte issued the second report in its 'Imagine Sydney' series, with a focus on a 30-minute city. [Full Text]

Westpac said that a more accessible 30-minute Sydney could deliver up to a $10 billion annual economic dividend for the NSW economy. [Full Text]

The Committee for Sydney commented on the Greater Sydney Region Plan, Future Transport 2056 Strategy and State Infrastructure Strategy. [Full Text]

The NSW Government released four draft corridors for future major road and rail infrastructure to help establish a Western Sydney Parkland City. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the proposed corridors reinforce the City Deal across three levels of government and give momentum to the important development of Western Sydney around the proposed airport. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said that even though investments into the construction of these corridors are not being made immediately, it is essential to plan for the future growth of the region. [Full Text]

CEDA published a summary of its recent event on the future of mobility in NSW. [Full Text]

The NSW ICAC announced a public inquiry into allegations concerning the former Canterbury City Council and planning proposals and applications. [Full Text]

The NSW ICAC commenced its inquiry into allegations concerning the Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council and the sale and development of properties. [Full Text]

Staff from UTS discussed the City of Sydney's efforts to increase the supply of affordable housing. [Full Text]

Randwick City Council announced that it will develop a dedicated Smart City Strategy. [Full Text]

Sydney's Better Buildings Partnership issued its annual report. [Full Text]

Minister Eva Lawler said that $300,000 in funding for every NT school will allow school communities to prioritise new and improved infrastructure. [Full Text]

Minister Lauren Moss announced that the Anzac Hill Precinct in Alice Springs is the favoured site for a National Aboriginal Art Gallery. [Full Text]

Heritage Victoria refused the application to redevelop Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market. [Full Text]

The City of Melbourne announced that it will appeal the decision. [Full Text]

The Victorian Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee made 14 recommendations to strengthen rural and regional councils' financial positions. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Fletcher said that a detailed design for the $400 million Ipswich Motorway Upgrade has been finalised. [Full Text]

The AEC announced the finalisation of a redistribution of federal electorates in Queensland. [Full Text]

The SA Liberal Party's plan for its first 100 days in office is online. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a Brief on the SA Cabinet. [Full Text]

The WA Planning Commission issued revised land use planning and infrastructure frameworks for Perth and Peel. [Full Text]

Minister Rita Saffioti announced that the revised 'Perth and Peel @3.5million' plans encourage greater infill development across Perth and Peel. [Full Text]

Shelter WA welcomed the WA Planning Commission draft position statement for housing on lots less than 100 square metres. [Full Text]

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre issued 'Housing affordability: Land supply and new housing in Western Australia'. [Full Text]

Curtin University's Associate Professor Greg Costello said that Governments can encourage more affordable housing by targeting first home buyer subsidies to specific locations and housing types. [Full Text]