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The ABS issued its 2019-20 national accounts. [Full Text]

The Ethics Centre published a report on the economic and social benefits of ethics in Australia. [Full Text]

Austrade issued 'Why Australia - Benchmark Report 2020'. [Full Text]

Deloitte published the results of a survey on working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. [Full Text]

The Committee for Economic Development issued 'Home truths: the role of housing in economic recovery'. [Full Text]

The Housing and Urban Research Institute issued 'Demand-side assistance in Australia's rental housing market: exploring reform options'. [Full Text]

Domain published a house price report for the September quarter. [Full Text]

The Prudential Regulation Authority published data on temporary loan repayment deferrals due to COVID-19. [Full Text]

Researchers from UWA and QUT analysed changes in visitor numbers to capital cities over recent months. [Full Text]

Researchers from the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne discussed whether the population freeze will enable cities to catch up on infrastructure. [Full Text]

The Royal Commission into Natural Disaster Arrangements issued its report. [Full Text]

Minister Littleproud issued a commentary on the Natural Disasters Royal Commission. [Full Text]

Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action said the report could not be clearer - the 2019/2020 bushfires were fuelled by climate change. [Full Text]

The Conservation Foundation said the findings must trigger urgent action on climate change. [Full Text]

Emergency Leaders for Climate Action urged the Federal and State Government to act on the recommendations. [Full Text]

The Insurance Council said the recommendations provide clear and urgent direction to governments and agencies on how they should work cooperatively to protect Australian communities from natural disasters. [Full Text]

Minister Taylor discussed 'Australia's energy future' in a speech. [Full Text]

Minister Littleproud invited expressions of interest to establish eight Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs. [Full Text]

Senator Hanson-Young foreshadowed a move for a moratorium on koala habitat clearing. [Full Text]

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies issued 'Investment Opportunities - Australia's Critical Minerals'. [Full Text]

The Productivity Commission issued a framework for evaluating programs that affect ATSI people. [Full Text]

The OECD published a comparison of youth empowerment and intergenerational justice in 42 countries. [Full Text]

Accountancy firm StuartBrown issued a report on the profitability of the aged care sector. [Full Text]

The Federal Government published an issues paper as part of the development of an Artificial Intelligence Action Plan. [Full Text]

A shortlist has been announced for the National Trust Heritage Awards. [Full Text]

The winners of the Consult Australia Awards for Excellence were announced. [Full Text]

The PM announced the completion of Sydney's $3 billion NorthConnex road project. [Full Text]

NSW Planning is exhibiting a new draft Social Impact Assessment Guideline, to apply to all State Significant Projects. [Full Text]

Minister Stokes announced that development at Arncliffe and Banksia in Sydney will contribute up to $88 million to public space projects over 20 years, under a Special Infrastructure Contribution plan and Precinct Support Scheme. [Full Text]

Minister Hancock announced that Central Coast Council in NSW has been suspended. [Full Text]

NSW Circular issued a three-year strategic plan. [Full Text]

Premier Berejiklian said Stage 2 of the $1 billion Nepean Hospital redevelopment will be brought forward by two years. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Park said this is the same timeframe the Government previously stated in October 2019 and March 2018. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW said new rules for short term rental accommodation providers and their guests are a good start but said further crucial changes such as a compulsory premises register are needed. [Full Text]

Treasurer Tim Pallas said the Victorian Budget will be delivered on 24 November. [Full Text]

Melbourne Mayor Sally Capp said the City's pedestrian sensor network shows that activity levels have doubled compared to the past three-week average. [Full Text]

The Committee for Melbourne said the number of projects and initiatives identified in the Infrastructure Priority List, for Melbourne and Victoria, do not appear to be commensurate with the city and state's importance to the Australian economy. [Full Text]

GRA Cosway issued a brief on the Queensland election outcome. [Full Text]

The Ai Group congratulated the Palaszczuk Government on its re-election and called on it to flick the switch to growth. [Full Text]

The Queensland Electoral Commission is updating the vote count. [Full Text]

Premier Marshall announced that community infrastructure projects would be at the heart of a $200 million stimulus package as part of the SA Budget. [Full Text]

The SA Government announced consultation for social housing reforms. [Full Text]

The SA Government launched a prospectus on hydrogen production and exportation, including a proposal for three hydrogen hubs on the SA coast. [Full Text]

Minister Wade announced an additional $50 million for the redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide. [Full Text]

The SA Government announced the publication of 107 State and Local Government Disability Access and Inclusion Plans. [Full Text]

Minister Saffioti released a planning policy and guidelines for developing activity centres in WA. [Full Text]

The WA Auditor General issued 'Transparency Report: Major Projects'. [Full Text]

Minister Saffioti said a market-led proposal for the development of a new Bullsbrook Intermodal Container Terminal is being considered by the WA Government. [Full Text]

Minister Tudge announced $2 million to develop a business case for a trackless tram between Scarborough Beach and Glendalough in Perth. [Full Text]

Treasurer Wyatt announced a native title settlement agreement with the traditional owners of the Gibson Desert Nature Reserve in WA. [Full Text]