Monday, 13 May 2019

GENERAL

The Ai Group updated its Election Policy Tracker. [Full Text]

The PM addressed the Coalition campaign launch. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS

Federal Labor issued its Budget Plan. [Full Text]

The Treasurers of NSW, SA and Tasmania asked Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten for transparency on economic policies. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese committed to a $795 million plan for regional development. [Full Text]

The Business Council welcomed the commitment. [Full Text]

CommSec issued 'State of the Regions'. [Full Text]

The Regional Australia Institute called for a new approach to regional policy, in a summary of its recent 'policy hack' facilitated conference session. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The Regional Australia Institute said it is working on a tool to provide the most affordable locations for home ownership in regional Australia. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE

The PM committed to $500 million for a First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, to be delivered by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation in partnership with private lenders. [Full Text]

Master Builders said the scheme will be a boost for both first home buyers and residential builders. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that with the appropriate controls and means testing in place, the scheme should enable more first home buyers to engage in the market without adversely impacting on prices. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The McKell Institute released modelling that it says shows that Labor's Affordable Housing for Renters policy would save taxpayers billions over the next decade. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen and Shadow Minister Doug Cameron welcomed the modelling. [Full Text]

The Everybody's Home campaign said the modelling shows that subsidies to create 250,000 new affordable homes over the next 10 years would generate up to $40 billion in GDP. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ENVIRONMENT / NATURAL DISASTERS

The Climate Council issued 'Compound Costs: How Climate Change is Damaging Australia's Economy'. [Full Text]

The Climate Council said the value of Australian property is predicted to fall unless urgent steps are taken to address climate change. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / SUSTAINABILITY

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese committed $1 billion to begin securing the corridor for a high speed rail link from Brisbane to Melbourne via Sydney and Canberra. [Full Text]

Minister Alan Tudge said Labor has committed less than one per cent of the cost of the project. [Full Text]

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union said High Speed Rail would bring economic benefits to regional centres along the route, while helping to address infrastructure and congestion pressures on major cities. [Full Text]

Federal Labor committed to a $57 million Electric Vehicle Manufacturing and Innovation Strategy. [Full Text]

The Greens committed to $1 billion for a network of bicycle routes across cities and regional areas. [Full Text]

PLANNING / SUSTAINABILITY / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Sustainable Built Environment Council released 'Thriving Cities - A federal policy platform to deliver integrated infrastructure, housing and places for more productive, liveable and sustainable communities'. [Full Text]

The UK Green Building Council issued 'Net zero carbon buildings: a framework definition'. [Full Text]

EVENTS / SUSTAINABILITY

Registrations are open for the Transformative Urban Governance Conference, to be held on 26-27 June in Melbourne, hosted by the RMIT Centre for Urban Research. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / GENERAL

Legislation to make administrative changes to the NSW Public Service is online, including for the new Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation announced an agreement with Housing Plus to develop 220 energy efficient community housing dwellings in Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The Real Estate Institute issued an analysis of the Sydney property markets potentially most affected by proposed changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax changes. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / ACCESSIBILITY

The City of Sydney announced a draft inclusive and accessible public domain policy, 'A City for All: Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan 2017-2021'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DESIGN

Minister Don Harwin announced the six global architect teams shortlisted to develop designs for a new Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta. [Full Text]

The Property Council announced that International House Sydney by Lendlease has won the NSW Development of the Year award. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said a CommSec report highlighted the West and North West regions of Sydney as key economic drivers of the State's economy. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / ECONOMICS

Hawker Britton issued a paper on the NT Budget. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / FINANCE / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / ECONOMICS

The Committee for Melbourne issued a response from Federal Labor on the Committee's policy priorities, including on affordable housing and housing tax reform. [Full Text]

The Federal Coalition's response to the Committee for Melbourne is online. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Federal Labor committed to $15 billion over 15 years for Melbourne's Suburban Rail Loop. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS

Master Builders outlined the key highlights of the ABS data for Victoria's March building approvals. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOMELESSNESS

Minister Richard Wynne announced a $17 million package to address homelessness in regional areas of Victoria. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ECONOMICS / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The City of Melbourne said its draft Annual Plan and Budget 2019-20 features record investment in infrastructure and services. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / REGULATION / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Minister Adem Somyurek announced an intention to hold a Commission of Inquiry into the South Gippsland Shire Council under the Local Government Act. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / TRANSPORT / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The Queensland Government announced a partnership with Sunshine Coast Regional Council to expand public transport at the Sunshine Coast. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Ben Wyatt delivered the WA Budget. [Full Text]

The Budget and related announcements are online. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / ECONOMICS / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The Real Estate Institute said it is disappointed that there were few initiatives to address housing affordability and aid the property sector in its recovery. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute said it was disappointed the return to surplus had not led to more significant stimulus measures for the property market. [Full Text]

The Property Council said it welcomed the announcement of the Keystart stimulus package that will temporarily relax loan eligibility by increasing existing income limits for those trying to access affordable housing options. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier Mark McGowan outlined WA Budget commitments for the METRONET public transport project. [Full Text]

The Ai Group said infrastructure investment is a WA Budget highlight. [Full Text]

Federal Labor committed $30 million towards the redevelopment of the WACA stadium in Perth. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Saffioti said the WA Budget contains more than $2 billion for building, upgrading and maintaining regional roads in WA. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Local Government Association said the WA Budget provided a balance between the need for fiscal restraint and spending on important community priorities. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

The WA Council of Social service said more action is needed to provide direct support for low-income households to wind-back high rates of financial hardship in WA. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

The Association of Consulting Architects gave an overview of the WA cladding audit, issues around compliance and early next steps. [Full Text]