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The Greens launched a plan to build 500,000 new homes and push back the risk of recession. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce welcomed the Greens' call for a construction industry-led recovery from the impacts of the Corona Virus. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said its December quarter figures show weighted average median prices increased by 4 per cent for houses and by 3 per cent for other dwellings. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association urged state and federal governments to stimulate the residential building sector. [Full Text]

AHURI modelled the potential impacts on house prices and rents of replacing stamp duty with a broad-based land tax. [Full Text]

Knight Frank issued its City Wellbeing Index. [Full Text]

The US-based National Association of Realtors issued a home buyer and seller generational trends report. [Full Text]

Kit Krankel McCullough from the University of Michigan outlined ways to involve seniors in active transportation planning. [Full Text]

Phillip Laird from the University of Wollongong said government inaction on vehicle-dominated transport and fuel efficiency standards has led to continued growth in transport emissions. [Full Text]

The World Meteorological Organisation released a report showing that the last five years are the five warmest on record. [Full Text]

The ACF said that Australia's official climate pollution levels are just as bad as they were in the previous quarter. [Full Text]

The UK Office for National Statistics released a report on the value of woodland in the UK, including the value of urban woodland in terms of health, urban cooling and emissions abatement. [Full Text]

Vegetation in people's yards is critical in decreasing urban land surface temperature during extreme heat, according to Macquarie University. [Full Text]

The University of Newcastle said the innovation that has been applied to housing following bushfires needs to be applied to homelessness. [Full Text]

Anglicare called on the Federal Government to include Newstart and social housing in its stimulus package. [Full Text]

The UK-based Centre for Homelessness Impact issued a revised framework for homelessness indicators and measures. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association called on state governments to free up access to waste levies. [Full Text]

Local Government Associations from WA, NT and Queensland advocated against abolishing remote area tax concessions and payments. [Full Text]

The Federal Government responded to the Charities and Not for profits Commission legislation review. [Full Text]

The Property Council outlined its planning reform advocacy efforts across Australia. [Full Text]

The Civil Contractors Federation welcomed the PM's call for large businesses to pay their suppliers promptly. [Full Text]

The Civil Contractors Federation recommended measures the Federal Government should implement to equip the civil construction industry to meet future skills demand. [Full Text]

The Australia Institute issued 'The Budget Surplus Objective'. [Full Text]

The McKell Institute issued 'Economic Benefits of Universal Superannuation'. [Full Text]

Deloitte released 'Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Predictions 2020'. [Full Text]

The PM announced a $2.4b COVID-19 National Health Plan. [Full Text]

The Department of Health issued a series of fact sheets on the COVID-19 National Health Plan. [Full Text]

APRA said the financial position of the insurance sector means it is well-placed to cover claims related to recent natural disasters and COVID 19. [Full Text]

Minister John Barilaro announced a partnership between the NSW Government and Minderoo Foundation to provide more than 100 standalone temporary accommodation pods in bushfire-affected communities. [Full Text]

NSW Parliament issued 'Regional NSW: a demographic and economic snapshot'. [Full Text]

The Greater Sydney Commission, Transport for NSW and the Committee for Sydney issued the Greater Sydney Women's Safety Charter. [Full Text]

The PM announced that major earthworks have commenced for the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport. [Full Text]

The Bicycle Network said cycleways in the City of Sydney have helped reduced the number of instances of crashes for riders. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce published a list of planning priorities for NSW, in a letter following a meeting with Premier Gladys Berejiklian. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council's 'TRANSFORM' Conference will be held on 24-25 March in Sydney. [Full Text]

CBRE said that strong fundamentals continue to drive the ACT economy to growth well above long-term averages. [Full Text]

Oxford Economics said the Canberra office market's recovery is continuing with a recent pick-up in net absorption, but new supply is hampering the pace. [Full Text]

The NT Government issued 'Everyone Together: Aboriginal Affairs Strategy 2019-2029'. [Full Text]

RMIT and La Trobe University issued the findings of a study into pregnancy and homelessness in Victoria. [Full Text]

The Council to Homelessness Persons released an issues paper on developing a specialist homelessness services workforce in Victoria. [Full Text]

The City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne Committee endorsed Council's Draft Affordable Housing Strategy and did not object to the Beulah Southbank project application, a proposed two-tower 365m high mixed-use development. [Full Text]

The City of Melbourne outlined its plans if it is appointed to manage Federation Square. [Full Text]

Minister Adem Somyurek said Victoria's Legislative Council has passed the Local Government Bill. [Full Text]

RMIT said that trees are being lost to big developments - about 2,000 within a decade in inner Melbourne [Full Text]

Q Shelter published a guide that advocates for Queensland's local government election candidates to deliver more affordable housing and homelessness services in their community. [Full Text]

Premier Steven Marshall announced a $350m economic stimulus package for SA. [Full Text]

Contracts for the management of bus and light rail in Adelaide have been awarded. [Full Text]

Foreign buyers purchased a record $1 billion worth of assets in Adelaide in 2019, more than half of total sales in the city, according to CBRE. [Full Text]

Curtin University's Greater Curtin Master Plan has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star - Communities certification by the Green Building Council. [Full Text]

The WA Government released a gender equality plan. [Full Text]

Infrastructure WA will launch the State Infrastructure Strategy Discussion Paper at a CEDA event on 20 April in Perth. [Full Text]