Monday, 16 December 2019

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE / ECONOMICS

The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) said 27 lenders have been selected to form the initial panel offering guarantee-backed loans under the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme. [Full Text]

Minister Michael Sukkar welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said having a range of lenders in the Scheme is important in ensuring that first home buyers have genuine choice from whom they obtain their home loan. [Full Text]

The Property Council congratulated the Government and National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation on progress so far. [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

85 businesses from community, housing and corporate sectors have signed an open letter to PM Scott Morrison demanding greater investment in social housing. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS

Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers said the Government's biggest failure this year has been on the economy. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY

The Property Council and Master Builders outlined three things Australia's building ministers must address. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY

The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction issued '2019 Global status report for buildings and construction'. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / POPULATION

Sustainable Population Australia issued 'Population growth and infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion'. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / ECONOMICS

The Australian Government released its response to the Productivity Commission report into the Economic Regulation of Airports. [Full Text]

GENERAL

The PM released 'Independent Review of the Australian Public Service' and the Government's response. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY

The Real Estate Institute of Australia welcomed the re-election Adrian Kelly from Tasmania, as President for a second term. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet released the NSW Half-Yearly Review. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Urban Taskforce slammed the decision taken by Newcastle City Council to vote for a massive hike in developer contributions from $13,645.75 to $30,274.30. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Tim Pallas released the Victorian 2019-20 Budget Update. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ECONOMICS / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Jaclyn Symes launched the Latrobe Valley Authority's 'Transitioning to a strong future' report. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING

Minister Gavin Jennings said Footscray has been endorsed as Melbourne's sixth priority precinct. [Full Text]

Minister Martin Pakula provided a snapshot of ideas received in the Federation Square Review. [Full Text]

Minister Richard Wynne called on the Commonwealth to ban combustible cladding and restore confidence in the building industry to avoid a national insurance crisis. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Minister Adem Somyurek said the Victorian Government will appoint a monitor to examine the governance and operations of City of Whittlesea. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said Queensland's infrastructure investment will break the $50 billion barrier over the next four years. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ECONOMICS

Deputy Premier Trad handed down the 2019-20 Mid Year Fiscal and Economic Review. [Full Text]

Deputy Premier Trad outlined Budget savings to date. [Full Text]

Deputy Premier Trad said that the State Government will establish a Queensland Future Fund with initial funding of $5 billion. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE

The Property Council said Queensland Government has confirmed in the Review that it will introduce a more expansive foreign land tax surcharge exemption framework than originally forecast. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INDIGENOUS

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk returned 6,483 hectares of land on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) to the Traditional Owners. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier Steven Marshall announced the start of the Australian and SA Government's $354 million Regency Road to Pym Street (R2P) Project. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / ENERGY

Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan said the SA-NSW interconnector has been classifide as a Priority 1 project by Energy Market Operator. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / TOURISM

Minister Peter Hutwein released the 'Towards a Tourism Master Plan' positioning paper. [Full Text]