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Treasurer Scott Morrison released a discussion paper on social impact investing, including social and affordable housing as an identified potential area of benefit. [Full Text]

Treasurer Morrison discussed housing policy and other issues in an interview. [Full Text]

Minister Kelly O'Dwyer and Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese discussed negative gearing and housing affordability in an interview. [Full Text]

MP John Alexander said that everything needs to be on the table when we consider policy responses to the housing affordability crisis currently being endured in our major cities. [Full Text]

The UDIA commented on the appointment of Michael Sukkar as Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, and his focus on housing affordability. [Full Text]

LJ Hooker CEO Grant Harrod advocated for the provision of affordable housing, removal of stamp duty and decentralisation of government services as approaches to addressing housing affordability. [Full Text]

The Dean of Research and Innovation at the University of SA, Andrew Beer, discussed housing affordability in regional Australia, in an article. [Full Text]

Dr Martin Parkinson addressed CEDA's State of the Nation Conference. [Full Text]

Westpac announced that its leading index supports a near-term growth outlook. [Full Text]

Price changes in the economy remain subdued, according to the ABS. [Full Text]

AHURI published a summary of data on the distribution of low, middle and high income jobs in the CBDs and suburbs of capital cities. [Full Text]

The ABS published an article on economic conditions in the residential construction industry. [Full Text]

Sydney has been ranked as the seventh most expensive city to move homes, in an index published by German firm Movinga. [Full Text]

The Parliamentary Library issued 'Migration to Australia: a quick guide to the statistics'. [Full Text]

The value of the global green building materials market is expected to double by 2022, according to Allied Market Research. [Full Text]

InfrastructureUSA issued 'Trends in Smart City Development'. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute will hold the event 'The right infrastructure at the right price', in Sydney on 15 February. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced the new Cabinet for NSW. [Full Text]

A list of Ministers for NSW is online. [Full Text]

A list of Parliamentary Secretaries for NSW is online. [Full Text]

GRA Cosway issued a summary of the new Ministry. [Full Text]

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

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations welcomed Premier Gladys Berejiklian's comments on the need for the Government to do more to tackle housing affordability. [Full Text]

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley and Federal Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen called on Premier Berejiklian to lobby the PM and Treasurer Morrison to reform negative gearing. [Full Text]

The Centre for Independent Studies said that with the growth of stamp duty in NSW set to slow, estimates show a decline in the net operating surplus to $0.9 billion in 2019-20. [Full Text]

The University of Wollongong's Nicole Cook discussed the history of 'green bans' undertaken by unions, in an interview (audio). [Full Text]

The Environmental Defenders Office made a submission to the NSW Draft Coastal Management State Environmental Planning Policy. [Full Text]

Dentons published a summary of proposed changes to NSW planning regulation. [Full Text]

Shelter NSW will host the lecture series 'Housing Economics for Non-Economists' from 7 March. [Full Text]

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk re-iterated the key priority areas for a cross-border agreement with NSW. [Full Text]

Deputy Premier Barilaro announced the signing of the NSW-Queensland Statement of Principles and Priorities for Regional Collaboration 2016-19. [Full Text]

The NT Government announced $10 million for infrastructure projects in regional areas. [Full Text]

The Parliamentary Library issued 'Northern Territory election 2016'. [Full Text]

Minister Steven Miles announced that laws relating to environmental and rehabilitation obligations relating to companies in financial difficulty have come into effect in Queensland. [Full Text]

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland published an article on the link between infrastructure and new businesses registrations. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute announced that former HIA Executive Director Gil King has been appointed as CEO of its Victorian Chapter. [Full Text]

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said that economic conditions in SA have been buoyed by improved conditions in the labour market and growth in the housing sector. [Full Text]

Premier Colin Barnett announced that the total projected revenue from sales at the Elizabeth Quay development in Perth will exceed $300 million. [Full Text]

UTS published a summary of resource-sharing success stories from local councils in Tasmania. [Full Text]