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AHURI issued the report 'Paying for affordable housing in different market contexts' as part of its inquiry into increasing affordable housing supply. [Full Text]

UNSW staff outlined six lessons learned in the research. [Full Text]

The University of Sydney issued 'Options to improve key worker access to home ownership'. [Full Text]

AHURI issued a summary of the status of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement. [Full Text]

AHURI issued a summary of its recent research on private rental policy in 10 different countries. [Full Text]

The Council of Social Service issued its budget priorities statement, including a section on affordable housing. [Full Text]

Anglicare released a summary of its achievements during 2017. [Full Text]

The ABS issued lending finance figures for December. [Full Text]

The HIA said that first home buyer participation in the national housing market surged to 18 per cent of owner occupier housing loans in 2017. [Full Text]

BIS Oxford Economics said that changed conditions mean the main driver of property prices and total returns for investors will shift from yield to leasing conditions and rental growth. [Full Text]

CoreLogic published a summary of recent changes in median capital city house and unit values. [Full Text]

The HIA said residential land prices hit another new high during the September quarter. [Full Text]

The ATO issued an update on the vacancy fee on foreign owners of residential dwellings. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said Labor proposed reforms to negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount two years ago. [Full Text]

BIS Oxford Economics said the large format retail sector should reap the benefits of appreciably stronger consumer spending beyond the next few years. [Full Text]

A Standing committee issued a summary of the Railway Association's submission to the inquiry into the Government's role in development of cities. [Full Text]

Deloitte issued a report card on the economic blueprint to transform Western Sydney. [Full Text]

NSW Family and Community Services launched 'FACS Strategic Plan 2017-2021'. [Full Text]

ANU released a report on the use of citizens' juries in the ACT. [Full Text]

Minister Yvette Berry said the Public Housing Renewal Program is halfway through the largest renewal of ACT public housing stock. [Full Text]

The ACT Treasury released 'Budget Review 2017-18'. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said that after a tough few years the ACT economy is now powering ahead. [Full Text]

Documents relating to correspondence between the Commonwealth and ACT Governments about the West Basin Project have been designated exempt from release under FOI. [Full Text]

Minister Barnaby Joyce announced $31 million in feasibility design contracts for the Brisbane to Toowoomba section of the Inland Rail project. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said Minister Joyce refused to explain why the Government has invested more than $1 billion less on Queensland infrastructure than it promised. [Full Text]

Acting Minister Martin Pakula announced a by-election to fill the position of Lord Mayor of Melbourne, following the resignation of Robert Doyle. [Full Text]

The HIA said that Melbourne?s land prices are amongst the highest in the country. [Full Text]

The Council to Homeless Persons called for stamp duty revenue in Victoria to be used to build more social housing. [Full Text]

SGS outlined some of the key trends in public transport usage across metropolitan Sydney and Melbourne from ABS Census data. [Full Text]

The City of Adelaide announced that it has acquired the site at 88 O'Connell Street in North Adelaide for $34 million. [Full Text]

The SA Government issued 'South Australia's Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Plan'. [Full Text]

Minister Ian Hunt said the plan guides the way for SA to exceed its nation-leading 81 per cent of waste diverted from landfill. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Albanese said Minister Joyce has refused to explain why he intends to cut SA infrastructure grants to just 2 per cent of the national infrastructure budget in 2020-21. [Full Text]

The City of Perth endorsed a review and recommendations on the homelessness sector operating within the City. [Full Text]

WA Housing Minister Peter Tinley called on PM to negotiate a new long-term funding agreement for remote housing. [Full Text]

Preliminary land sales data for Perth and Peel confirms positive market sentiment that has been brewing in recent months, according to the UDIA. [Full Text]

The Tasmanian EPA announced an MOU with the Local Government Association on roles and responsibilities in environmental regulation. [Full Text]

AHURI said the Hobart City Deal will support affordable housing in the Greater Hobart region as well guide a coordinated approach to transport planning. [Full Text]

CoreLogic said that Hobart is the fastest selling capital city housing market. [Full Text]

The HIA said that land prices in Tasmania and particularly Hobart seem to be riding a wave of positive growth. [Full Text]

The Australia Institute issued 'People power: How Tasmania can fast-track community energy'. [Full Text]