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The PM announced a Ministry reshuffle. [Full Text]

The new Ministry list is online. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the reshuffle. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the reshuffle has resulted in Australia's cities agenda becoming a ministry in its own right with Minister Paul Fletcher taking on Urban Infrastructure and Cities. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the appointment of Paul Fletcher as Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities is a positive approach to the importance of Australia's growing urban areas. [Full Text]

Arup issued 'Cities Alive: Designing for Urban Childhoods'. [Full Text]

BITRE issued 'Australian Infrastructure Statistics-Yearbook 2017'. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said that incoming Infrastructure and Transport Minister Barnaby Joyce must reverse the Coalition's cuts to investment in nation-building infrastructure. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia said it is important that Paul Fletcher stays in infrastructure, given the delicate stage of his signature projects, particularly Western Sydney Airport. [Full Text]

The Federal Government issued the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook. [Full Text]

Treasurer Scott Morrison said the MYEFO confirms that the Budget is on track to return to balance in 2020-21. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said that the MYEFO document confirms that the Government will proceed with $44 billion in income tax hikes for low and middle-income earners. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Doug Cameron said the MYEFO statement reveals the lack of Government commitment and policy development in the housing and homelessness sector. [Full Text]

Master Builders said that the smaller than predicted deficit and the Government's continued commitment to Budget repair should support investment into the construction sector, productivity and jobs. [Full Text]

Household borrowing has more than halved from the June quarter to the September quarter, according to the ABS. [Full Text]

Conditions have eased in the established housing market, most noticeably in Sydney, according to the RBA. [Full Text]

Core Logic issued its monthly housing market update. [Full Text]

Brickfields published an overview of tech innovation in the property sector. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Retirement and Retirement Intentions, Australia, July 2016 to June 2017'. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association welcomed the appointment of John McVeigh as Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government. [Full Text]

The Federal Government released a review of climate change policies. [Full Text]

The Property Council called for a year of focus on demand-side solutions to reducing carbon emissions. [Full Text]

The Energy Market Commission issued '2017 Residential Electricity Price Trends'. [Full Text]

The Energy Council said the report predicts power bills should start to ease in the eastern states from the second half of 2018. [Full Text]

The COAG Energy Council issued 'National Energy Productivity Plan Annual Report 2017'. [Full Text]

Treasury invited submissions to a review of Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission legislation. [Full Text]

Minister Kelly O'Dwyer issued the Government's response to the final report of the Northern Australia Insurance Premiums Taskforce. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Census of Population and Housing: Reflecting Australia - Stories from the Census, 2016'. [Full Text]

The ABS issued seasonally adjusted greetings. [Full Text]

The Government Architect NSW announced a pilot NSW State Design Review Panel. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce issued 'Sydney Lifestyle Study: Redefining Sydney's urban lifestyles'. [Full Text]

A video summary of the Urban Taskforce's Sydney Lifestyle Study is online. [Full Text]

NSW Planning and Environment launched a survey to help guide development of the Cherrybrook Station Precinct, part of the Sydney Northwest Metro network. [Full Text]

Parliamentary Secretary Scot MacDonald announced that the first region-wide Special Infrastructure Contributions scheme for NSW will apply in the Hunter region. [Full Text]

NSW Planning and Environment said that plans for an open water surf sports lagoon at Sydney Olympic Park have been given the green light. [Full Text]

Minister Pru Goward announced a mixed development of social, affordable and private housing for the Elizabeth Street site in Redfern under the NSW Communities Plus program. [Full Text]

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations published its submission on the draft Greater Sydney Region Plan. [Full Text]

Shelter NSW published its submission on the Future Transport Strategy 2056. [Full Text]

A group of peak housing and homelessness organisations issued a letter to the NSW Premier regarding funding that is earmarked for rebuilding sporting stadiums. [Full Text]

Minister Victor Dominello released a discussion paper and called for feedback on the use of technology to improve the conveyancing process for industry and home buyers in NSW. [Full Text]

The discussion paper 'Removing barriers to electronic land contracts' is online. [Full Text]

The Environmental Defenders Office issued a fact sheet on the regulatory framework governing the clearing of vegetation in NSW. [Full Text]

The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust issued its annual report. [Full Text]

The National Audit Office issued a performance audit: 'Delivery of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal'. [Full Text]

Minister Meegan Fitzharris announced a refinement of the two route options for stage two of Canberra's light rail network. [Full Text]

The NT Government welcomed the announcement that a ridesharing company will commence operation in February. [Full Text]

Treasurer Tim Pallas said Victoria only receives 9.4 per cent of Federal infrastructure funding despite Victoria leading the nation in economic growth, employment growth and population growth. [Full Text]

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister Jacinta Allan announced that final contracts to deliver the $6 billion Metro tunnels and stations package have been signed. [Full Text]

Treasurer Pallas announced an agreement to allow the University of Melbourne to purchase seven hectares of the 32-hectare Fishermans Bend site. [Full Text]

Minister Lily D'Ambrosio announced free energy upgrades to 1,000 low income households in Victoria through the Healthy Homes program. [Full Text]

Victoria's Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission issued 'Exposing and preventing corruption in Victoria - Special report on IBAC's first five years'. [Full Text]

The Queensland Audit Office issued 'Integrated transport planning: Report 4: 2017-18'. [Full Text]

Ministers Paul Fletcher and Jackie Trad announced the completion of Stage 2 of the light rail to connect the Gold Coast and Brisbane. [Full Text]

Minister John Rau approved the rezoning of eight strategic development sites in Adelaide and an amendment to increase design requirements along urban corridors with increased height allowance. [Full Text]

CBRE announced that it has secured a buyer for the General Motors Holden Elizabeth site in Adelaide, one of Australia's largest brownfield sites, to be redeveloped as a business park. [Full Text]

The Property Council welcomed the WA Government's announcement to consider options to commercialise the operations of Landgate. [Full Text]