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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. [Full Text]

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. [Full Text]

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. [Full Text]

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. [Full Text]

Industry Super Australia criticised suggestions that young people should be able to access their superannuation to buy their first home. [Full Text]

Sydney has been ranked as the 8th most expensive city in a global rental affordability index published by Nested. [Full Text]

AHURI published a summary of distances travelled to work among different income workers in five capital cities. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Australia announced 100 priority projects as part of a revised Infrastructure Priority List. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese discussed infrastructure funding in a speech to Parliament. [Full Text]

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. [Full Text]

The Regional Australia Institute issued an update on its Great Small Cities program. [Full Text]

The ANU Centre for Social Research issued 'Household Energy Costs in Australia 2006 to 2016'. [Full Text]

NAB issued 'Life in the Lucky Country: What makes Australia great?' [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute released a report on encouraging private sector investment. [Full Text]

The ABS released figures on private new capital expenditure for December. [Full Text]

The Bankers' Association issued the final report from the Code of Banking Practice review. [Full Text]

The McKell Institute issued 'Committing to the Innovation Nation: Why the R&D Tax Incentive is so important for Australia.' [Full Text]

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. [Full Text]

The Committee for Sydney announced a new group to examine the social and economic potential of the Newcastle-Sydney-Wollongong city-region. [Full Text]

Committee for Sydney CEO Tim Williams discussed innovation in cities, in an interview with the Brookings Institution's Julie Wagner (audio). [Full Text]

Minister Paul Fletcher discussed progress towards delivering the Western Sydney Airport, in a speech to the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Summit. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Albanese discussed value capture and the development of a rail link to Badgerys Creek. [Full Text]

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. [Full Text]

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. [Full Text]

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. [Full Text]

The Institution of Surveyors released the results of a poll on the NSW Government's plan to privatise the land titles registry. [Full Text]

The Property Owners' Association said that over 70 per cent of homeowners polled were unaware of the intentions to sell off the registry. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Luke Foley said that almost 400 local full time jobs could be sent offshore as a result of the sale. [Full Text]

The Retailers Association congratulated the NSW Government on recent changes to the NSW Retail Leases Act. [Full Text]

The Greater Sydney Commission announced the winners of the inaugural Greater Sydney Planning Awards. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr released an update to the ACT Infrastructure Plan. [Full Text]

Minister Meegan Fitzharris announced that Canberra's light rail network has been awarded the Asia-Pacific Transport Deal of the Year. [Full Text]

Minister Nicole Manison approved an updated Area Plan for the $300 million Berrimah Farm redevelopment in Darwin. [Full Text]

Minister Jackie Trad launched consultations on the new alignment for Brisbane's Cross River Rail. [Full Text]

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. [Full Text]

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister Richard Wynne launched the Yarra River Action Plan. [Full Text]

The Yarra River Action Plan is online. [Full Text]