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AHURI released 'Developing the scale and capacity of Australia's affordable housing industry', including a visual summary report. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Fletcher discussed 'The Economic Importance of National Infrastructure Policy' in a speech. [Full Text]

The Productivity Commission released an initial report, 'Transitioning Regional Economies'. [Full Text]

The IMF issued a World Economic Outlook. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Jim Chalmers said that the Turnbull Government is ignoring important advice from the International Monetary Fund that budgets and economies should be inclusive. [Full Text]

Confidence across the property sector has lifted to its highest level since 2014 according to ANZ and the Property Council. [Full Text]

The ABS issued templates for 2016 Census Community Profiles. [Full Text]

NSW industry confidence has dropped 5 index points from March to June, according to the Property Council. [Full Text]

Minister Anthony Roberts released the NSW Government's response to the recommendations of a Parliamentary Committee report on the regulation of short-term holiday letting. [Full Text]

Minister Don Harwin announced that the NSW Government will soon commence public consultation on plans for the new Powerhouse Museum at Parramatta. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Luke Foley said the Berejiklian Government is walking away from a major election promise to Western Sydney businesses and families to relocate the Powerhouse Museum from the CBD to Parramatta. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced an agreement to establish a memorandum of understanding with the Commonwealth Government on a city deal for Canberra. [Full Text]

Minister Kate Jones said that a comprehensive public transport plan for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is expected to take the equivalent of more than 50,000 cars off the M1. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that there are positive capital growth expectations for the Queensland office market for the first time in three years. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the Victorian property industry is being bolstered by strong population growth and low office vacancy rates. [Full Text]

Minister Wade Noonan announced the appointment of Vincent Chrisp Architects to design the Morwell Hi-Tech Precinct in Victoria's Latrobe Valley. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced that the Old Hospital site in Darwin will form the site of a major new Museum of the NT. [Full Text]

Treasurer Nicole Mansion announced $10 million for infrastructure works ahead of the development of the Landbridge hotel at the Darwin Waterfront. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that business confidence in the WA property sector is at its highest level since 2014, according to the ANZ/Property Council Survey for the June quarter. [Full Text]

The PM, Premier Will Hodgman and Mayor Albert van Zetten signed the Launceston City Deal. [Full Text]

Treasurer Peter Gutwein said that the signing of the City Deal for Launceston will underpin $280 million of investment in the North. [Full Text]