Monday, 10 May 2021

BUDGET

The Parliamentary Library has issued 'The Commonwealth Budget: a quick guide'. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Albanese discussed the state of the national economy and what is required in the Budget, in a speech to the McKell Institute. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS

The Parliamentary Budget Office issued 'Government finances - March quarter 2021'. [Full Text]

The Reserve Bank issued a quarterly Statement on Monetary Policy. [Full Text]

The Property Council said Sydney's CBD occupancy rose to 59 per cent and Melbourne's rose to 41 per cent in April, a step up in progress towards CBD reactivation. [Full Text]

The Ai Group's Performance of Services Index rose by 2.3 points to 61 in April. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / CORONAVIRUS

Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Debelle discussed 'Monetary Policy During COVID', in a speech. [Full Text]

The McKell Institute issued 'Counting the cost of Australia's delayed vaccine roll-out: Part Two'. [Full Text]

ECONOMICS / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY / BUDGET

The Grattan Institute issued 'Budget 2021: If you're hoping for a cash splash on care, prepare to be disappointed' [Full Text]

AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS / FINANCE / BUDGET

Treasurer Frydenberg announced first home buyer and social housing support measures. [Full Text]

Master Builders said the new Family Home Guarantee will be a revolution in providing single custodial parents with a step up to gaining the security that comes with home ownership. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Clare said the Family Home Guarantee will only help 2,500 single parents a year. [Full Text]

The Council of Social Service welcomed the Government's funding commitment for homelessness services [Full Text]

The Property Council said the initiatives will assist the residential sector to continue to drive Australia's economic recovery. [Full Text]

CLIMATE

Researchers from Griffith University discussed how state government climate commitments can be coordinated to deliver a more efficient, lower-cost outcome - and a national approach to reducing emissions. [Full Text]

SUSTAINABILITY / PLANNING

AHURI issued a brief on the value of sustainable urbanisation. [Full Text]

RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Pitt issued 'Our North, Our Future: 2021-2026 investment plan'. [Full Text]

TECHNOLOGY / BUDGET

The PM announced a $1.2 billion Digital Economy Strategy. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the Strategy. [Full Text]

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry said rapid digital adoption will lead to productivity gains. [Full Text]

The Business Council said the Strategy will help drive digitisation, particularly for the small and medium size businesses. [Full Text]

TECHNOLOGY / TRANSPORT

Minister McCormack released 'National Emerging Aviation Technologies Policy Statement'. [Full Text]

BUSHFIRE

The Federal Government issued its response to an inquiry report on lessons learned from the 2019-20 bushfire season. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Watt said the Federal Government has refused to support three quarters of the recommendations. [Full Text]

NATURAL DISASTERS / CLIMATE

Paul Barnes from UNSW critiqued the Federal Government's National Recovery and Resilience Agency, and Climate Service initiative. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / BUDGET

A coalition of industry groups issued a letter advocating for a range of reforms to tax and IR policy, to increase productivity and investment. [Full Text]

GENDER / ECONOMICS / BUDGET

The Council of Social Service issued a pre-Budget brief on women's economic security. [Full Text]

ENERGY / RESOURCES

Minister Taylor issued 'National Gas Infrastructure Plan: Interim Report' and committed $58 million for gas supply projects. [Full Text]

ENERGY / CLIMATE / HEALTH

The Climate Institute issued 'Kicking the Gas Habit: How Gas is Harming our Health'. [Full Text]

EVENTS / BUDGET

A panel will discuss the impacts of the Budget on the property industry at a Property Council event on Wednesday. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ECONOMICS

The Property Council issued the findings from its Sydney CBD office occupancy survey. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure Australia added a second Sydney Harbour tunnel to its Priority List. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

The PM announced $66 million to upgrade the Newcastle Airport runway. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / RURAL AND REGIONAL

Minister Barilaro announced $25 million to upgrade the Dungog local road network in NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / SUSTAINABILITY / CLIMATE / DESIGN

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils launched an Urban Heat Planning Toolkit. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The 20-Year Housing Strategy for NSW is online. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Catley said that the NSW Government has outsourced the public housing issue to the private sector, instead of planning a pipeline of new housing stock for vulnerable people. [Full Text]

Shelter NSW said the Strategy is a good start but has stopped short of setting out the key targets and game-changing actions and funding that will drive significant change. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

Shadow Minister Finn said a Bill has been introduced to reform residential tenancy laws in NSW that permit tenancies to be terminated without a reason. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

An ICAC inquiry will commence today into two former NSW Roads and Maritime Services employees who allegedly awarded over $41 million in contracts in exchange for receiving benefits. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / HEALTH / DESIGN

Minister Stephen-Smith invited comment on a proposed expansion of Canberra Hospital. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / ARTS

Minister Cheyne announced a partnership between the ACT Government and University of Canberra on the development of the ACT creative sector. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / ENERGY / INFRASTRUCTURE / BUDGET

Minister Taylor announced $30 million for electricity infrastructure projects in the NT. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TOURISM / ECONOMICS

The Committee for Melbourne called for urgent action on the visitor economy. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / ENVIRONMENT / REGULATION

The Victorian Government released an issues paper as part of a review of the Wildlife Act. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / DESIGN / REGULATION

The SA Government released a toolkit for councils, planning practitioners and industry to initiate and lead amendments to the Planning and Design Code. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / ACCESSIBILITY / DESIGN / TECHNOLOGY / INNOVATION

SA Housing announced a design challenge for innovative 'smart' housing solutions to increase safety for vulnerable and mature-aged tenants. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / ENERGY

Minister Mactiernan welcomed $71 million from the Renewable Energy Agency for two WA renewable hydrogen projects. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INDIGENOUS / ECONOMICS / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / HEALTH

Shelter WA issued 'Reimagining Indigenous Housing, Health and Wealth'. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / CORONAVIRUS / REGULATION

Premier McGowan announced a Bill to extend WA's COVID-19 response measures by six months. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / INDUSTRY / ELECTION

The Property Council said it looks forward to working with the re-elected Tasmanian Government to finalise the state-wide planning scheme, boost the first home owners grant, and review Tasmania's tax system. [Full Text]