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The ABS said the Consumer Price Index rose 2.1 per cent in the March quarter and 5.1 per cent annually. [Full Text]

CommSec said that underlying inflation is at a 13-year high. [Full Text]

CommSec released its State of the States Report for the December quarter. [Full Text]

The ABS said that more than half of all businesses experienced increases in the cost of doing business over the three months to April. [Full Text]

The ABS said that Australian households saw an average 39 per cent increase in their liabilities over the decade to 2019-20. [Full Text]

Anglicare released its annual Rental Affordability Snapshot and called on all parties and candidates to act on housing affordability. [Full Text]

The Council of Social Service published the report from a survey of the Australian Community Sector. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute outlined six steps for the federal government to ensure that long-term growth corridors for housing and related infrastructure properly align to demographic trends and strategic plans. [Full Text]

The Institute of Architects called for national strategy to combat materials shortages. [Full Text]

The Regional Australia Institute released a consultation paper and launched a survey to inform the development of a National Regionalisation Framework. [Full Text]

A progress report from the inquiry into the general aviation industry in regional, rural and remote areas has been tabled. [Full Text]

The International Energy Agency published a report on energy efficiency in data centres. [Full Text]

The Committee for Economic Development discussed why greater clarity is needed in regulatory frameworks for climate-related disclosure. [Full Text]

The Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre released 'Food Waste in Australian Households: Evidence for Designing Interventions'. [Full Text]

The OECD released a report on progress toward the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. [Full Text]

Winners of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings have been announced. [Full Text]

The NSW Government announced that the expansion of the Art Gallery of NSW will open to the public on 3 December. [Full Text]

The NSW Government announced that a trial of e-scooters will commence in July. [Full Text]

The NSW Government announced the transfer of the first parcel of land for a Koala reserve at Georges River, part of the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan. [Full Text]

The ACT Government released a consultation report on proposed reforms to the Residential Tenancy Act. [Full Text]

The ACT Opposition welcomed a commitment from Federal Government to prioritise the release of a large portion of the CSIRO Ginninderra site. [Full Text]

Development Victoria released a five-stage plan for wetlands at the Knoxfield former horticultural research site. [Full Text]

The PM announced $275 million for hydrogen and carbon capture projects in Townsville and Gladstone. [Full Text]

The WA Government announced a $12 million package aimed at getting people back into the Perth CBD and Northbridge. [Full Text]