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The ABS issued 'Building Approvals, Australia, Nov 2017'. [Full Text]

The HIA said that stamp duty bills have increased almost three times faster than house prices since the 1980s and this trend will continue unless stamp duty is reformed. [Full Text]

HIA's 'Stamp Duty Watch: Summer 2018' is online. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen discussed negative gearing policy at a doorstop. [Full Text]

Ministers Barnaby Joyce and Mathias Cormann said the first steel rails have been delivered for the Parkes to Narromine section of the Inland Rail project. [Full Text]

NSW Farmers said farmers along the proposed 300 kilometre Narromine to Narrabri section remained concerned with the proposed alignment and were still seeking justification for the proposed route. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia announced the appointment of Adrian Dwyer as CEO. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Fletcher discussed Sydney rail delays and road user charging policy on ABC24. [Full Text]

DAWR said the 'Basin Plan Amendment (SDL Adjustments) Instrument 2017' has come into effect. [Full Text]

Paul Govind from Macquarie University discussed the need to climate proof sports stadiums. [Full Text]

RDA Sydney said that with all the major infrastructure changes planned for Sydney over the next 10 years it is imperative that all levels of government, industry and the community have up-to-date, reliable information to build a more innovative, productiv [Full Text]

RDA Sydney released the '2017 AEC Economic Baseline Assessment Report'. [Full Text]

The Department of Health and Human Services issued 'Victoria's Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan '. [Full Text]

The November 2017 housing approval data by the ABS indicates that housing supply is slowing in NSW while in Victoria it is booming, said the Urban Taskforce. [Full Text]

Acting Premier James Merlino and Minister Luke Donnellan said that the Andrews Labor Government is investing $134 million in upgrades to safety and security for the 32-year-old Melbourne City Loop. [Full Text]

Master Builders Victoria discussed changes to Victoria's building laws which start on 31 January. [Full Text]

Minister Jill Hennessy announced the $33 million Barwon Health North project. [Full Text]

Acting Minister Stirling Hinchliffe announced the first sod turned on the $6.6 million Burnett Heads Town Centre Redevelopment project. [Full Text]

REIQ called on the State Government to introduce mandatory continuing professional development for real estate professionals in its first 100 days. [Full Text]

Minister Rita Saffioti invited the community to participate in the public consultation process on the future Morley-Ellenbrook Line. [Full Text]

The survey is online. [Full Text]

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Premier Will Hodgman announced a process for a City Deal for Hobart. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese commented on the Hobart City Deal announcement. [Full Text]

MP Andrew Wilkie welcomed the Hobart City Deal announcement. [Full Text]

Prime Minister Turnbull and Ministers Simon Birmingham and Fletcher announced an agreement to relocate the UTAS main campus to Launceston. [Full Text]