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The ABS released the results of its fourth survey on the household impacts of COVID-19. [Full Text]

The ABS released business indicators data for the March quarter. [Full Text]

The ABS said that GDP fell 0.3 per cent in the March quarter. [Full Text]

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg discussed the national accounts figures for the March quarter. [Full Text]

RBA Governor Philip Lowe said the Australian economy is experiencing the biggest economic contraction since the 1930s, but it is possible that the depth of the downturn will be less than earlier expected. [Full Text]

PricewaterhouseCoopers issued 'Where next for Australia's tax system? - How our tax system can help reboot prosperity for Australia'. [Full Text]

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research issued 'Consumer Panic in the COVID-19 Pandemic' [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia issued 'Building Trust: Social License for Infrastructure'. [Full Text]

AustRoads published 'Decarbonising Australian and New Zealand road transport sectors'. [Full Text]

The McKell Institute published a report on principles for the recovery of the aviation industry. [Full Text]

Anglicare called for social housing to be included in the Federal Government's upcoming housing package. [Full Text]

The Community Housing Industry Association and National Shelter released a report on the economic impacts of social housing investment. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute said that money for social housing, not home buyers grants, is the key to construction stimulus. [Full Text]

Hal Pawson from UNSW said the National COVID Co-ordination Commission needs to recognise the priority that should be attached to government housing investment. [Full Text]

The ABS said that the number of dwellings approved rose 1.0 per cent in April, in trend terms. [Full Text]

The Reserve Bank released a chart pack, including data on house prices, household finances and building approvals. [Full Text]

There was a marginal improvement in housing affordability during the March quarter, according to the Real Estate Institute. [Full Text]

National home sales activity bounced back by 18.5 per cent in May after a drop of 33 per cent in April, according to CoreLogic. [Full Text]

The Modern Building Alliance said measures to make buildings more sustainable and energy efficient should be linked to any stimulus for the construction sector. [Full Text]

Chris Tucker from the University of Technology highlighted ways that house design can be more flexible for work and school from home after COVID-19. [Full Text]

Universities Australia announced research indicating that the sector could lose $16 billion in revenue between now and 2023. [Full Text]

Social Ventures Australia and the Centre for Social Impact issued 'Will Australian charities be COVID-19 casualties or partners in recovery? A Financial Health Check'. [Full Text]

The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities announced plans to form a Water Security CRC with a group of universities. [Full Text]

Minister David Littleproud announced a review of federal, state and territory disaster recovery funding arrangements. [Full Text]

The PM announced a five-year, $131 billion National Health Reform Agreement between federal and state governments. [Full Text]

The Productivity Commission opened consultation on a draft Indigenous Evaluation Strategy. [Full Text]

The Clean Energy Council issued 'Clean Energy at Work'. [Full Text]

The Clean Energy Regulator issued its Q1 2020 Carbon Market Report. [Full Text]

Minister Angus Taylor issued a commentary on that report. [Full Text]

The Conservation Foundation issued 'Gaslighting Australia: why the gas industry is an emerging climate and environmental disaster'. [Full Text]

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet issued further information on the new National Federation Reform Council to replace COAG. [Full Text]

Winners of the HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards have been announced. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the PM announced a further $3.5 billion for the Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport rail, with construction to start this year. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia said the announcement has the full backing of the infrastructure sector. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the package is a very welcome stimulus for Western Sydney. [Full Text]

The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue described the development of a new metro station at Sydney Science Park as a game-changer. [Full Text]

Minister Rob Stokes released a discussion paper on how to better incorporate Aboriginal cultural elements into future planning decisions. [Full Text]

Minister Kevin Anderson announced the passage of building reforms through the NSW Parliament. [Full Text]

Engineers Australia welcomed the reforms, which include a registration scheme for professional engineers. [Full Text]

The Committee for Sydney published a COVID-19 Transition and Recovery Strategy for Sydney. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued an update on the NSW Government's response to COVID-19, including a section on planning and industry. [Full Text]

Western Sydney University announced a partnership with Top 100 Women, an online community for women in construction. [Full Text]

The ACT Government launched its Age-Friendly City Plan. [Full Text]

The ACT Government announced $13.9 million for street upgrades at Braddon and Dickson as part of Canberra's Recovery Plan stimulus package. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese committed $65m to build a road in Eden-Monaro. [Full Text]

The City of Darwin released its Municipal Plan and Annual Budget. [Full Text]

The NT Government announced the membership of the Central Australian Economic Reconstruction Committee. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government released a discussion paper as part of a review of the World Heritage Management Plan for the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Garden. [Full Text]

Environment Victoria released a report on reducing gas demand while providing economic stimulus, including recommendations that it says would reduce residential gas consumption by 73 per cent. [Full Text]

Minister Lily D'Ambrosio announced Biodiversity Bushfire Recovery Grants of $900,000 for on-ground works, community education and capacity building projects in Victoria. [Full Text]

The Queensland Government announced the local council allocations of the $200 million COVID Works for Queensland program, including $50 million for councils in South-East Queensland. [Full Text]

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that Brisbane City Council will receive $5 million for shovel-ready projects via the program. [Full Text]

Minister Shannon Fentiman announced a target of 25 per cent of all Queensland Government purchases to be from Queensland-based small and medium sized businesses from 1 July. [Full Text]

Deputy Premier Steven Miles launched 'Roadmap to easing access restrictions for Queensland's remote communities'. [Full Text]

Premier Palaszczuk announced the Queensland Reconciliation Awards winners. [Full Text]

The SA Valuer-General released property value data for 2020/21. [Full Text]

The SA Government outlined its plans for public transport operations in response to COVID-19. [Full Text]

Minister Alan Tudge announced the successful tenderer for construction of a University of Tasmania building as part of the $453 million Launceston City Deal. [Full Text]

Premier Peter Gutwein announced a review of Tasmanian Government procurement, with a view to support local businesses. [Full Text]

Consultation has commenced on concept designs for the final components of Tasmania's Midland Highway upgrade. [Full Text]