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NAB Chair Dr Ken Henry said business leaders have to take an interest in traffic congestion, housing affordability, urban amenity and environmental amenity, in a speech to CEDA.
RBA Governor Philip Lowe summarised the state of the construction industry and housing markets, as part of a speech to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics.
The Real Estate Institute called on the Government to ensure the availability of reliable data on housing demand and supply, in its pre-budget submission.
CoreLogic said the median selling price of vacant land continued to climb in capital city markets throughout 2016 while in regional areas prices have fallen.
Industry Super Australia criticised suggestions that young people should be able to access their superannuation to buy their first home.
Sydney has been ranked as the 8th most expensive city in a global rental affordability index published by Nested.
AHURI published a summary of distances travelled to work among different income workers in five capital cities.
Infrastructure Australia announced 100 priority projects as part of a revised Infrastructure Priority List.
Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese discussed infrastructure funding in a speech to Parliament.
Shadow Minister Albanese said RBA Governor Dr Philip Lowe confirmed the importance of conducting cost-benefit analysis when considering the viability of major infrastructure projects.
The Regional Australia Institute issued an update on its Great Small Cities program.
The ANU Centre for Social Research issued 'Household Energy Costs in Australia 2006 to 2016'.
NAB issued 'Life in the Lucky Country: What makes Australia great?'
The Grattan Institute released a report on encouraging private sector investment.
The ABS released figures on private new capital expenditure for December.
The Bankers' Association issued the final report from the Code of Banking Practice review.
The McKell Institute issued 'Committing to the Innovation Nation: Why the R&D Tax Incentive is so important for Australia.'
The Property Council and Ansell Strategic issued a research report and guide on home care delivery for retirement village operators, including a section on housing and accommodation.
The Committee for Sydney announced a new group to examine the social and economic potential of the Newcastle-Sydney-Wollongong city-region.
Committee for Sydney CEO Tim Williams discussed innovation in cities, in an interview with the Brookings Institution's Julie Wagner (audio).
Minister Paul Fletcher discussed progress towards delivering the Western Sydney Airport, in a speech to the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Summit.
Shadow Minister Albanese discussed value capture and the development of a rail link to Badgerys Creek.
The City of Sydney announced that it found 433 people sleeping rough and called for a multi-agency taskforce to tackle homelessness in the inner city.
Shadow Ministers Tanya Plibersek and Doug Cameron said 433 people sleeping rough in the City of Sydney this week are just the tip of the iceberg.
The Owners Corporation Network called on the NSW Government to give apartment owners a say on whether short-term letting is allowed in individual apartment blocks.
The Institution of Surveyors released the results of a poll on the NSW Government's plan to privatise the land titles registry.
The Property Owners' Association said that over 70 per cent of homeowners polled were unaware of the intentions to sell off the registry.
Opposition Leader Luke Foley said that almost 400 local full time jobs could be sent offshore as a result of the sale.
The Retailers Association congratulated the NSW Government on recent changes to the NSW Retail Leases Act.
The Greater Sydney Commission announced the winners of the inaugural Greater Sydney Planning Awards.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr released an update to the ACT Infrastructure Plan.
Minister Meegan Fitzharris announced that Canberra's light rail network has been awarded the Asia-Pacific Transport Deal of the Year.
Minister Nicole Manison approved an updated Area Plan for the $300 million Berrimah Farm redevelopment in Darwin.
Minister Jackie Trad launched consultations on the new alignment for Brisbane's Cross River Rail.
Ministers Arthur Sinodinos and Matt Canavan announced the Board of the $75 million CRC for Developing Northern Australia, to be based at Townsville as part of the Townsville City Deal.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister Richard Wynne launched the Yarra River Action Plan.
The Yarra River Action Plan is online.