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The PM Addressed the Coalition's election campaign launch.
Barton Deakin Brief issued a brief on the launch.
The Coalition released figures on the impact of its policies on the Federal Budget, including a list of costed infrastructure commitments.
Treasury issued '2016 Election Costings', including costings for the Coalition's Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.
Hawker Britton issued a paper on Labor's election policy announcements and costings.
Barton Deakin issued a Coalition campaign policy update.
The Grattan Institute said that both parties' budget plans are simply hoping for the best.
The Greens launched their election campaign.
Senator Richard Di Natale outlined the Greens' priorities for the next Parliament.
Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese issued a plan to invest in public transport.
Mr Albanese discussed Sydney transport infrastructure and cities policy and political issues on AM.
The Grattan Institute issued 'Election 2016: will the infrastructure promises meet Australia's needs?'
The Automobile Association issued 'Land Transport Funding: Transitioning to a Better Model'.
The Ai Group said its members support a policy of reinforcing the rigorous and independent assessment of productivity-enhancing infrastructure, and facilitating the financing of favourably-assessed projects.
The ABS issued 'Engineering Construction Activity, Australia, Mar 2016'.
New home sales fell for a second consecutive month in May, according to the HIA.
The HIA issued a warning to the incoming Federal Government to 'ignore the housing industry at your peril'.
Senator Scott Ludlam said the Greens would eliminate public housing waiting lists within ten years through zero interest loans and direct funding for 200,000 new homes.
The Heart Foundation published an overview of the commitments from each party to physical activity, including design and infrastructure commitments for healthy communities.
The Climate Institute issued an assessment report on major parties' climate policies.
The Climate Institute also published a fact sheet on attitudes to climate change ahead of the federal election.
The Green Building Council announced its participation in the World Building Council's 'Advancing Net Zero' project to establish a robust definition of 'net zero' in the Australian market.
UTS published presentations from a recent forum on local government and sustainability in Australia and Japan.
The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities issued 'Community profiles of engagement with water'.
The Greater Sydney Commission released an update on its process for the development of District Plans.
A newsletter has been launched by the Greater Sydney Commission.
The Greater Sydney Commission's engagement portal is online.
The NSW Planning Assessment Commission approved the MOD 8 Barangaroo Concept Plan and Crown Sydney Hotel Resort.
The Urban Taskforce said the determination is good news for Sydney's global city status.
The Sydney Business Chamber said the approval paves the way for an iconic new building to capture the world's attention.
The UNSW City Futures Research Centre issued a newsletter.
The Urban Taskforce said it is concerned that a number of metropolitan Sydney councils are developing value capture policies as a way to earn income.
Shelter NSW issued an analysis of the NSW Budget from a housing perspective.
The report from a review of the NSW Residential Tenancies Act has been tabled.
The report misses an opportunity to do something about the insecurity of rental housing, according to the UNSW City Futures Blog.
UrbanGrowth NSW called for expressions of interest for a second stage land release at Lachlan's Line in the Macquarie Park corridor.
The Federal Opposition released its Plan for NSW.
Treasurer Scott Morrison and Minister Paul Fletcher said the Plan's infrastructure section fails to mention WestConnex.
NSW Planning and Environment issued 'PopulatioNSW Update June'.
Winners of the Institute of Building's Professional Excellence in Building Awards for NSW have been announced.
Minister Simon Corbell criticised the ACT Opposition's position on Canberra's light rail, during a Budget Estimates hearing.
Shadow Minister Alistair Coe said a 2012 study found the cost of bus rapid transport in Canberra is less than half the cost of light rail, whilst delivering similar benefits.
Infrastructure Partnerships Australia said that scrapping the Canberra Metro makes no sense.
Senator Zed Seselja criticised the Greens' commitment of $400 million for light rail in Canberra as being completely out of touch.
A summary of the Greens' public transport commitments is online.
Senator Seselja announced that for the first time a Federal Government Agency will be based in Canberra's Gungahlin Town Centre.
Minister David Tollner said amendments to the NT Planning Act will assign some functions held by the Development Consent Authority as a reporting body to the NT Planning Commission.
Ministers Jacinta Allan and Luke Donnellan announced the establishment of Transport for Victoria.
Melbourne Metro published further detail from recent community information sessions on the Metro Tunnel Environment Effects Statement.
Minister Richard Wynne said the Victorian Government has delivered $2 billion worth of development approval for inner Melbourne.
Building Queensland released its first Infrastructure Pipeline Report.
Minister Jackie Trad said the report was a major milestone in the Government's commitment to remove politics from infrastructure planning.
The Ai Group said the release of the report, supplemented by appropriate funding allocation, will go a significant way towards ensuring future projects deliver the appropriate 'bang for buck'.
The Queensland Government provided an in-principle commitment of $800 million towards the Cross River Rail project.
Infrastructure Partnerships Australia said the commitment puts real dollars down to start acquiring properties to get Brisbane ready for a modern high capacity railway.
The Australasian Railway Association said the project will provide significant economic, social and urban-renewal benefits for decades to come.
The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland said Cross River Rail was a city-building project, vital to the State's future.
Shadow Minister Deb Frecklington said the secret business case for the project revealed the Palaszczuk Government planned brand new taxes to fund the construction of Cross River Rail.
Infrastructure Partnerships Australia said it should not be a shock that the Queensland Government's business case looks at value capture and other options, given it is a prerequisite for any Federal funding that these are assessed.
Shadow Minister Trad said it was evident the LNP has very little grasp on the detail and complexity of this vital infrastructure project.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland said that under the old 'pork barrelling' rulebook it was confident that this Federal Election would prove to be another significant opportunity to secure vitally needed infrastructure funding.
The Greens advocated for an east-west subway network in Brisbane, to connect the CBD with UQ.
Consultation closes today on the Queensland Government's 'Working together for better housing and sustainable communities' discussion paper.
The Federal Opposition issued its Plan for Queensland.
Winners of the Institute of Architects' Queensland Architecture Awards have been announced.
Minister John Rau said the SA Government has provided $10 million to councils from the Planning and Development Fund for 26 projects for public spaces.
The ABS issued 'Land Account: South Australia, Experimental Estimates, 2006 - 2011'.
The WA Government announced new legislation aimed at clarifying the obligations of developers and buyers in the sale of 'off the plan' properties.
The UDIA said it hopes to see a much more straightforward process that could lead to a faster and more affordable supply of land.
Landcorp announced the completion of Stage Two of the 47 hectare Shoreline development near Fremantle, to accommodate up to 5,000 residents.
The Greens launched a $9.65 billion Transit City Plan for WA, including proposed new passenger rail, light rail and bus priority transit.
The Property Council advocated for the creation on an IPART-equivalent to regulate council rates in Tasmania.