Monday, 21 June 2021

ECONOMICS

Reserve Bank Governor Lowe discussed 'From Recovery to Expansion' in a speech. [Full Text]

The Reserve Bank issued a Bulletin for the June quarter. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Australian National Accounts: Distribution of Household Income, Consumption and Wealth' for 2019-20. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

Minister Sukkar announced changes to the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, the New Home Guarantee program and the Family Home Guarantee. [Full Text]

Master Builders welcomed the changes. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute advocated for a federal housing strategy that advances private property requirements. [Full Text]

POPULATION / ECONOMICS

The ABS issued 'National, state and territory population, Dec 2020'. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Migration, Australia, 2019-20 (Replacement Content)'. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said Australia's annual population growth has fallen to its slowest rate since 1916. [Full Text]

The Property Council said that reduced population growth will become the biggest constraint on Australia's economy. [Full Text]

INNOVATION / TECHNOLOGY

The Federal Government released an Artificial Intelligence Action Plan. [Full Text]

Minister Porter addressed the National Summit on Artificial Intelligence. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT

The Federal Government released a draft recovery plan for koalas in Queensland, NSW and the ACT. [Full Text]

Minister Ley said the proposed recovery plan outlines six key strategies, including community engagement and partnerships. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / RETAIL / NIGHT TIME ECONOMY / CORONAVIRUS

Treasurer Perrottet announced a $50 million stimulus program for businesses in the Sydney CBD. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

The NSW Auditor-General released a report on whether Transport for NSW and Infrastructure NSW effectively assessed and justified major scope changes to the WestConnex road project since 2014. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Minns said the NSW Government needs to shift its approach to the project. [Full Text]

A review has found that the Federal Government should continue to regulate demand management at Sydney Airport but that some reforms are needed. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / SUSTAINABILITY

The NSW Government released an Electric Vehicle Strategy. [Full Text]

Treasurer Perrottet said $490 million is being committed in the NSW Budget to cut taxes, incentivise uptake and reduce barriers for electric vehicle purchases over the next four years. [Full Text]

The NRMA applauded the strategy. [Full Text]

The Electric Vehicle Council said that the package represents how grown-ups do reform. [Full Text]

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries said the NSW Government has delivered a financial reform and automotive incentive package that sets the precedent for other governments to follow. [Full Text]

The Australia Institute said that NSW has shown other states what a genuine electric vehicle strategy looks like. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia said the NSW Government has shown it's possible to have our cake and eat it on EVs and road funding. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Minns called on the NSW Government to show more ambition to secure a bigger role in the manufacturing of EVs. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / PLANNING

Minsiter Barilaro announced the establishment of a regional housing taskforce and the rezoning of more than 18,000 new homes in Sydney's south-west. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute welcomed the rezoning but said it represents the tip of the iceberg required to meet the demand predicted in the NSW Intergenerational Report. [Full Text]

The Property Council said it is pleased to that thought has been given to the identification of land for infrastructure, open space, conservation and local schools. [Full Text]

Planning NSW announced changes to the Waterloo Metro concept to allow for increased employment on-site and a 26-metre reduction in building height. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute issued a report on greenfield land supply based on a survey of developers in the Greater Sydney Megaregion. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOMELESSNESS

The NSW Government announced $57 million to expand the Together Home homelessness program. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY / BUDGET

The NSW Government announced a refreshed SME and Regional Procurement Policy. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT / CLIMATE / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The NSW Government issued 'Future Directions Statement for the NSW Coastal and Estuary Management Program'. [Full Text]

Minister Hancock said the plan commits significant funding and resources to support NSW councils in futureproofing their coastal environment. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / DROUGHT / BUDGET

Minister Barilaro announced $64 million for the 'Future Ready Regions' drought strategy for NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / BUSHFIRE / BUDGET

Treasurer Perrottet announced $268 million for bushfire preparedness in response to the independent NSW Bushfire Inquiry. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HERITAGE / ARTS / TOURISM / DESIGN / BUDGET

Treasurer Perrottet said the NSW Budget includes $220 million for cultural institutions to undertake capital works. [Full Text]

Minister Pavey announced $119 million for the revitalisation of Macquarie Street East precinct in the Sydney CBD. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TOURISM

Treasurer Perrottet announced a new $200 million State Significant Event Fund for NSW. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HERITAGE / REGULATION

Minister Ley announced that legislation to retain the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and to ensure ongoing public access to sites such as Cockatoo Island, has passed the Senate. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / SUSTAINABILITY

The ACT Government released guidelines for its zero-interest loans scheme to fund household energy efficiency upgrades. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said house sales in the NT have surged by 77 per cent compared to last year. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Victorian Transport issued 'Victoria's Bus Plan'. [Full Text]

Minister Carroll announced an additional 3,000km has been added to the pre-approved High Productivity Freight Vehicle network. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / SUSTAINABILITY

The Victorian Government announced an Expert Advisory Panel to advise on policy to achieve zero-emissions vehicle targets in the state. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / DESIGN / TENDERS

Minister Horne released the design tender for the Altona Pier redevelopment in Melbourne's western suburbs. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

Minister Enoch said proposed rental reforms have been introduced into Queensland Parliament. [Full Text]

The Greens critiqued the legislation. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / BUDGET

The Greens said that the Queensland Government's spend on social housing is down from $526 million in 2020-21 to $502 million in 2021-22. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE / ENERGY

Minister Bailey announced $2.75 million to deliver 18 new charging stations across Queensland. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / HEALTH

Premier Palaszczuk announced Bribie Island and outer Ipswich as the preferred sites of two of Queensland's seven new satellite hospitals. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / ENVIRONMENT

The National Audit Office released a report on the effectiveness of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's regulation of permits and approvals. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / HOMELESSNESS

The SA Government announced $1.7 million for a 15-month short-term accommodation trial for people experiencing homelessness. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY

The WA Government announced the results of a trial of 100% renewable energy supply to a town in the Pilbara. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / ELECTION

The Parliamentary Library issued 'Western Australian 2021 election: a quick guide'. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / GENERAL

Premier Gutwein outlined actions taken by the Tasmanian Government in its first 30 days since taking office. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued a paper on the new Tasmanian Labor Shadow Cabinet. [Full Text]