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SUSTAINABILITY

The final report for the National Energy Efficient Building Project has been released by the SA Government, on behalf of all states and territories. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

The RBA issued documents on housing prices and inflation, as part of its Statement on Monetary Policy. [Full Text]

DEMOGRAPHY

Demographic statistics for June 2014 have been released by the ABS. [Full Text]

The statistics imply strong demographic demand for housing even although the pace of growth is slowing, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

The ABS also issued Australian population data from the 2011 census in a new square kilometre grid format. [Full Text]

HOMELESSNESS

A report on specialist homelessness services for 2013-14 has been issued by the Institute of Health and Welfare. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese called for an inquiry into the funding of Melbourne's East-West Link. [Full Text]

Minister Warren Truss criticised the Opposition's approach to infrastructure investment. [Full Text]

NATURAL DISASTERS

Minister Michael Keenan announced that the Government is considering the Productivity Commission's report into disaster funding arrangements. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY

A federal Inquiry into insolvency in the construction industry has been established. [Full Text]

Terms of reference have been released for a Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Commonwealth's workplace relations framework. [Full Text]

ICT

Hawker Britton issued a paper on changes to the National Broadband Network. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

A Statement of Principles from the Bays Precinct Sydney International Summit has been presented by UrbanGrowth NSW to Minister Pru Goward. [Full Text]

The Statement of Principles document is online. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL

NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance released the Half-Yearly Budget Review. [Full Text]

The half-year review of the NSW Budget forecasts surpluses, with rising stamp duty revenues a major contributor, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE

Treasurer Constance issued the NSW Government's response to a scoping study into the long-term lease of the electricity network and associated $20 billion infrastructure program. [Full Text]

The NSW Auditor-General released a report on the assurance provided to the NSW Government for the initial stages of the WestConnex project. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

The interim report from the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into planning processes in Newcastle and the broader Hunter region has been released. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DEMOGRAPHY / PLANNING

Population statistics from the ABS show that Sydney is growing 10 per cent more than anticipated in 'A Plan for Growing Sydney', according to the Urban Taskforce. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT

An updated agreement for 'One-Stop Shop' environmental assessment and approval in NSW has been announced by Ministers Pru Goward and Greg Hunt. [Full Text]

The final report from a review of native vegetation and threatened species laws in NSW has been released. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY

Amendments to home building regulation in NSW come into effect on 15 January. [Full Text]

The final report from a NSW Joint Select Committee on Loose-fill Asbestos Insulation has been tabled. [Full Text]

The report recommends the adoption of the ACT buy-back model for dealing with loose fill asbestos, according to the Greens. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

A report on the cost of living and the NSW concessions system has been released by the Council of Social Service. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

Guidelines for place naming in the ACT have been released. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / ENVIRONMENT / REGULATION

A bilateral agreement for 'One-Stop Shop' environmental assessments in the NT has been announced. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / GENERAL

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the Victorian Shadow Ministry. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Property Council congratulated Townsville City Council for being the first local government to commit to Queensland's Fair Value Infrastructure Charges Schedule. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / RECREATION / INFRASTRUCTURE

A report on progress toward the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games has been released by the Queensland Audit Office. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

Minister John Rau said the SA Government wants to activate more small laneways and make it easier to redevelop vacant historic buildings in Adelaide. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / ENVIRONMENT / REGULATION

A draft bilateral agreement on 'One-Stop Shop' environmental approvals in WA has been released for public comment. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INDUSTRY

Construction has commenced on the new Perth Stadium. [Full Text]