Thursday, 10 September 2020

ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

The PM said National Cabinet has agreed to a suppression strategy for COVID-19 with the goal of no community transmission. [Full Text]

Treasurer Frydenberg extended temporary insolvency and bankruptcy protections until 31 December. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute issued 'The PM is right: all governments need to spend more to get us out of the COVID crisis'. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute issued 'Opening up too early would mean more deaths and a yo-yo economy'. [Full Text]

The Australia Institute said that bringing forward Stages 2 and 3 of the Government's income tax cuts would mainly benefit high income earners and have a very poor stimulatory effect on the economy. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute issued 'Victoria is going for zero. NSW should emulate it'. [Full Text]

The Banking Association said banks have begun to contact customers whose loan payments were deferred. [Full Text]

AiGroup's Performance of Services Index fell by 1.5 points to 42.5 points in August. [Full Text]

AiGroup's Performance of Business Index fell by 2.1 points to 42.6 in August. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / ECONOMICS

The Centre for Independent Studies issued 'Extra infrastructure spending not an economic panacea'. [Full Text]

DESIGN / INDIGENOUS / PLANNING

WSP championed a new design vernacular that brings together Indigenous design with Aboriginal planning principles to enhance everyone's connections to place. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / INDUSTRY / EMPLOYMENT / CORONAVIRUS

Minister Cash said that more than $500 million has been paid to 51,200 employers to keep 89,300 apprentices in work since the Federal Government launched the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy in April. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / HEALTH / INTERNATIONAL / CORONAVIRUS

The Medical Journal posted 'New Zealand's COVID-19 elimination strategy'. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE / CORONAVIRUS

The ABS posted an article: 'Measuring residential property prices during COVID-19'. [Full Text]

POPULATION / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

CoreLogic analysed how stalled net overseas migration with impact housing demand. [Full Text]

PLANNING / ECONOMICS

The Civil Contractors Federation called on the Federal Government to adopt a 'borrow to build' policy in its pre-budget submission. [Full Text]

PLANNING

The ABS issued '8731.0 Building Approvals, Australia, Jul 2020 (Additional Information)'. [Full Text]

ENERGY

The Energy Security Board published its post-2025 market design consultation paper. [Full Text]

The Energy Market Commission said that independent modelling of the transmission access reforms being developed under the Board's market design show the reforms will deliver at least $6 billion in consumer benefits. [Full Text]

The Energy Market Commission published 'Coordination of Generation and Transmission Investment'. [Full Text]

Energy Networks said the reports are important inputs to help guide the sector's transformation. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT / REGULATION

Minister Ley said the Streamlining Environmental Approvals Bill, the first step towards implementing a national single touch model for environmental approvals, has passed the House of Representatives. [Full Text]

The Law Council warned that the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill must not be rushed through the Senate and has called for its referral to a parliamentary inquiry. [Full Text]

NATURAL DISASTERS / CONSULTATION

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements published a series of draft propositions for comment. [Full Text]

NATURAL DISASTERS / ECONOMICS

Early bushfire detection could save the economy $8.2 billion over the next 30 years, according to modelling from the Australian National University. [Full Text]

ENERGY / REGULATION

The Auditor-General issued 'Regulation of the National Energy Market'. [Full Text]

RETAIL

The Reserve Bank issued Retail Payments for July. [Full Text]

The ABS issued '8501.0 Retail Trade, Australia, Jul 2020'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ICT / ECONOMICS

Premier Berejiklian launched NSW's first Artificial Intelligence Strategy. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister McCormack announced a Barton Highway Upgrade Project Alliance Agreement consisting of Seymour Whyte, SMEC and Transport for NSW will design and build the first stage of the project. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DESIGN / INFRASTRUCTURE

Ministers Cormann and Tudge welcomed images of the Western Sydney International terminal concept design. [Full Text]

Minister Constance issued new vision and images of Sydney Metro construction works at Central Station. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TENDERS / DESIGN / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Cormann released the design and construct tender package for the Port Botany rail line duplication between Mascot and Botany. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HEALTH

Premier Berejiklian said the NSW Government will increase funding for Shellharbour Hospital from $250 million to $570 million. [Full Text]

Treasurer Perrottet announced $25 million for expansion of critical care at St Vincent's Hospital, through the $3 billion Infrastructure and Job Acceleration Fund. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / NATURAL DISASTERS / PLANNING / ENVIRONMENT / REGULATION

Minister Stokes said a provision in the NSW Government's Koala SEPP enables homeowners affected by the 2019-20 bushfire season to clear land and rebuild without doing koala habitat surveys. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / CONSULTATION / PLANNING / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Wollondilly Shire Council opened consultation on a set of draft strategies that will inform its future land use planning. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DESIGN / ARTS / SUSTAINABILITY

Minister Harwin said that the Art Gallery of NSW is the first public art museum in Australia to achieve a 6-star Green Star design rating for its expansion, the Sydney Modern Project, which is currently under construction. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

NSW IPART has set the 2021-22 rate peg for NSW councils at two per cent. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / GENERAL

Chief Minister Gunner announced the new NT Government's Ministry. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued an overview of the NT election results and new Ministry. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

The Victorian Government issued a roadmap to reopening. [Full Text]

Premier Andrews issued a statement on that roadmap. [Full Text]

The PM said the Federal Government will consider the Victorian modelling and settings that are being provided to experts and officials and await their advice before responding further. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued an overview of the roadmap. [Full Text]

The Business Council said that Victoria's plan to reopen is a welcome step in the right direction, but more must be done. [Full Text]

Ai Group said that industry didn't get the clear and concise pathway to reopening that it needed. [Full Text]

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry said the roadmap for reopening Metropolitan Melbourne uses excessive thresholds for easing restrictions and should be overhauled using the National roadmap as the basis. [Full Text]

The Committee for Melbourne said that Victoria's second wave and stage 4 lockdowns are expected to lead to a $10 billion loss and unemployment rate of 11 per cent in the September quarter. [Full Text]

Premier Andrews said COVID Suburban Response Units will be established across metropolitan Melbourne provide tailored and localised responses for future outbreaks. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING / AGEING / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Minister Wynne approved a round of new planning permits across Victoria worth $933 million. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE / CORONAVIRUS

Premier Andrews extended an eviction moratorium for residential tenants and landlords until 28 March. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ECONOMICS

Treasurer Dick released the Queensland Government's COVID-19 Fiscal and Economic Review. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued a brief on the Review. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ECONOMICS / INFRASTRUCTURE / PLANNING

Treasurer Dick announced structural reforms for State Government statutory bodies and agencies, including the integration of the Queensland Productivity Commissioner and Building Queensland into Queensland Treasury. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ECONOMICS / INDUSTRY / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

Treasurer Dick said the Queensland Government will invest $500 million in Queensland business and industry and will provide $500 million for a Renewable Energy Fund. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ECONOMICS / LOCAL GOVERNMENT / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Treasurer Dick announced an additional $249 million from existing funding in COVID-19 related tax relief to small and medium businesses in Queensland, and assistance for regional councils to refinance their existing debt on more favourable terms. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ECONOMICS / INDUSTRY

The Property Council Queensland said Queensland must take some bold steps to unlock the large-scale private investment needed to set the state on a strong trajectory for recovery. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister McCormack said the Federal and Queensland Government's jointly funded $497.3 million Mackay Ring Road has been completed. [Full Text]

Minister Bailey announced a $17 million capital program for Mackay port. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / TRANSPORT

Minister Bailey said the Queensland Government will review the proposed powers of the State's first Personalised Transport Ombudsman. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOMELESSNESS

Queensland Housing and Public Works published a communique indicating some changes to community housing policy and homelessness service agreements. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ENERGY

The Australia Institute said Queensland's gas and coal power stations are the most unreliable in the country. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Wingard said $10 million of planning work will be undertaken to support SA's $12.9 billion infrastructure pipeline. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE

Treasurer Lucas said a State Government land tax relief scheme will be expanded and extended to the end of April. [Full Text]

Treasurer Lucas announced an expansion to the SA Government's Starter Loan scheme, to include singles with a net household income of less than $65,000 and couples with a net household income of less than $90,000. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / ENERGY / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Renewable Energy Agency announced $8.2 million for Tesla Motors to deploy residential battery and rooftop solar systems at 3,000 Housing SA properties across Adelaide. [Full Text]

Ministers Taylor and Cormann said that the project will help set a precedent for similar future projects. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE

Premier McGowan announced $18.3 million for upgrades to Moonamang Road in the East Kimberley. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Minister Tudge said that the $32 million METRONET Mandurah Station multi-storey carpark will take hundreds of cars off the road to and from Perth. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / CONSULTATION / INFRASTRUCTURE / PLANNING

Minister MacTiernan released a survey to chart the Esperance Port's development and infrastructure needs over the next 30 years. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / TENDERS / PLANNING

Minister MacTiernan opened EOI for construction of the $16 million Kal City Centre Project in Kalgoorlie. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / RESOURCES / ICT

Minister Johnston launched Austmine's WA Mining Equipment, Technology and Services Digital Mining Export Hub. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE / CORONAVIRUS

Minister Archer announced extensions to existing State Government COVID-19 supports for residential and commercial tenancies, as well as a new COVID-19 Landlord Support Fund. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / TENDERS / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Ferguson opened tenders for upgrades to the Tasman Highway, between Basin Creek and St Helens, the next stage of improvements to the Great Eastern Drive. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / ECONOMICS / INDUSTRY

Minister Courtney extended round two of the Small Business Continuity Grant Program until 2 October. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / TOURISM

Registrations opened for the Tasmanian Government's $7.5 million 'Make Yourself At Home' tourism travel initiative. [Full Text]