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Assistant Minister Angus Taylor discussed cities policy, transport, employment and housing affordability, in an interview. [Full Text]

A communique has been issued following Friday's COAG meeting. [Full Text]

KPMG issued a report comparing the competitiveness and business costs of countries and cities. [Full Text]

A downward trend in new homes sales is becoming more firmly entrenched, according to the HIA. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute published an article on the new withholding tax regime for sales of property of over $2 million. [Full Text]

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment announced an extension of consultation for revised Community Consultative Committee Guidelines relating to State Significant Projects. [Full Text]

Minister Rob Stokes approved proposed changes to the UTS Broadway Precinct Concept Plan. [Full Text]

UrbanGrowth NSW issued an update on the 'Lachlan?s Line' urban village project at North Ryde. [Full Text]

The Sydney Coastal Council Group and CSIRO issued 'Climate-ready biodiversity management'. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council said that Lendlease has set a new benchmark with Barangaroo South awarded a 6 Star Green Star - Communities rating. [Full Text]

The Committee for Sydney issued its 2016-17 Priorities document, outlining five key areas of focus. [Full Text]

Sydney has been ranked 10th globally in the mercer Quality of Living rankings. [Full Text]

Minister Brad Hazzard announced his intention to advocate at COAG for a scheme to automatically deduct rent from the Centrelink payments of social housing tenants. [Full Text]

Shelter NSW published a critique of the NSW Government's 'Future Directions for Social Housing' policy. [Full Text]

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations issued a newsletter. [Full Text]

Homelessness NSW issued 'A Plan for Change: Homes for Older Women. [Full Text]

The Homelessness NSW conference will be held in Newcastle from 28 April. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr launched the ACT Government's Statement of Ambition for Canberra, developed in collaboration with Committee for Sydney CEO Dr Tim Williams. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Barr delivered the State of the Territory address for 2016. [Full Text]

The ACT opposition released a public transport plan. [Full Text]

The plan features eight rapid bus routes, city to airport bus services and faster non-stop suburban bus services to the major central work hubs, according to Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson. [Full Text]

Minister Yvette Berry issued a statement following Friday's meeting of state and territory housing and homelessness ministers. [Full Text]

The ACT Council of Social Service said it opposes income tax collection by states and territories. [Full Text]

The Victorian Metropolitan Planning Authority issued an update. [Full Text]

The Property Council made a submission to the Queensland Government discussion paper on security of payment regulation for subcontractors in the building and construction industry. [Full Text]

The HIA made a submission to the security of payment discussion paper. [Full Text]

The UDIA recommended that Brisbane City Council's Draft 'Buildings that Breathe' design guide be amended to remove any reference to the guide's role in the development assessment process. [Full Text]

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) said that South East Queensland is the obvious choice of partner for the Federal Government in the nation's first 'City Deal', a new approach to infrastructure funding. [Full Text]

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) 2015-2016 Federal Advocacy Document is online. [Full Text]

Video presentations from a recent Queensland Government symposium on value sharing and alternative infrastructure funding are online. [Full Text]

Minister Geoff Brock announced that legislation has taken affect requiring SA local councils to include the public in their debate and decision making as far as possible. [Full Text]

Tenders have been called as part of a program to install solar panels on 400 SA Housing Trust homes. [Full Text]

Minister Tom Koutsantonis said Adelaide has been ranked the most cost competitive city in Australia, in KPMG's Competitive Alternatives Report. [Full Text]

The WA Local Government Association responded to criticisms by the Property Council relating to Development Assessment Panels and the management of local council planning schemes. [Full Text]

The Committee for Perth issued a 'map of opportunities' as a follow-up to the 2015 'Fremantle as a re-connected city' report. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute published a list of Perth's eight most affordable rental suburbs. [Full Text]

An update on proposed strata reforms in WA has been published by Landgate. [Full Text]