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Treasurer Frydenberg released the Final Budget Outcome. [Full Text]

Treasurer Frydenberg and Minister Sukkar announced insolvency reforms. [Full Text]

The Productivity Commission Chair discussed 'The COVID-19 Recovery: A view from the supply side', in a speech. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Australian National Accounts Finance and Wealth, Jun 2020'. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Business Indicators - Business Impacts COVID-19, September 2020'. [Full Text]

The Ai Group welcomed the easing of border controls by Queensland and SA. [Full Text]

Treasurer Frydenberg announced reforms to consumer and business credit regulation. [Full Text]

The Property Council said it welcomed the Government's move to simplify and clarify responsible lending obligations. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said the plan should have a positive impact on the housing market. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said this plan does not solve all the problems around access to finance and credit, however it is a move in right direction. [Full Text]

The Banking Association said it is important to ensure that these changes strike the right balance between maintaining strong consumer protections while providing credit into the economy at a critical time. [Full Text]

Domain issued 'First-Home Buyer Report 2020'. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association released its annual report of Australia's 100 largest homebuilders and residential developers. [Full Text]

The Association said that apartment builders continued to increase their representation on the list. [Full Text]

The Property Council released a report that identifies five planning reform priorities for each state and territory. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute said that most extra support for housing should be delivered by the federal government boosting rent assistance. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister King said the Final Budget Outcome has revealed another billion-dollar shortfall in infrastructure investment. [Full Text]

Minister McCormack welcomed a procurement and packaging plan for Inland Rail. [Full Text]

Minister Taylor discussed 'Energising the economy: The case for a technology-led approach' in a speech at the Press Club. [Full Text]

A group of peak gas industry bodies released 'Gas Vision 2050: Delivering a Clean Energy Future'. [Full Text]

InfluenceMap, a UK-based non profit, published a report about the influence of industry associations on climate policy in Australia. [Full Text]

The Minerals Council criticised the report. [Full Text]

The World Green Building Council issued 'Asia Pacific Embodied Carbon Primer'. [Full Text]

The America's Pledge initiative published a progress report on US states, cities, businesses, and local leaders in upholding the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. [Full Text]

The CSIRO published a global map of areas with the greatest potential for carbon returns, when they are allowed to reforest naturally. [Full Text]

The Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute issued 'Net-Zero and Geospheric Return: Actions Today for 2030 and Beyond'. [Full Text]

Minister Price discussed the Government's 'Five pillars approach to support defence industry', including an update to Commonwealth procurement rules. [Full Text]

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

The Digital Transformation Agency issued a digital-first edition of the Australian Government Style Manual. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute issued a report on how governments should prioritise their agenda. [Full Text]

The Water Services Association will launch the report 'Transitioning the water industry with the circular economy' on 13 October. [Full Text]

The NSW Auditor-General released a report on whether NSW Planning has effectively supported the planning and funding of town water infrastructure in regional NSW. [Full Text]

The Property Council said it is disappointed by the NSW Government's decision to extend its commercial tenancy leasing code regulation until the end of December. [Full Text]

The ACT Opposition announced a policy to develop a purpose-built neighbourhood for people with dementia. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Victoria issued 'Fair Move: Better Public Transport Fares for Melbourne'. [Full Text]

The Retailers Association said there's a role for public transport fares to help boost Melbourne's economic recovery. [Full Text]

Premier Andrews announced a transition to Stage Two restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton issued a brief on the announcement. [Full Text]

Premier Andrews announced the resignation of Victoria's Health Minister, Jenny Mikakos. [Full Text]

Minister Pulford said 40 laneways will be revitalised in the Melbourne-CBD, North Melbourne and Carlton. [Full Text]

Minister Neville announced an additional $15,000 Housing Assistance Payment for people who lost their primary place of residence as a result of bushfire in Victoria. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland released its pre-election industry agenda. [Full Text]

Minister McCormack invited expressions of interest to build the $150 million Walkerston Bypass near Mackay in Queensland. [Full Text]

Minister McCormack invited ideas on proposed rail and commuter parking improvements as part of the $550 million Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade at the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. [Full Text]

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility announced an extension to its conditional loan offer for a pumped hydro project in an abandoned gold mine, co-located with a solar farm, at Kidston in Far North Queensland. [Full Text]

Premier Palaszczuk committed $25 million towards delivering a 10,000-seat stadium at Browne Park in Rockhampton. [Full Text]

The SA Government released 'Future Directions for Homelessness'. [Full Text]

Minister Lensink said the new approach focuses on organisations delivering homelessness services in alliances, rather than as separate organisations. [Full Text]

Minister Saffioti released an engineering assessment of the restoration of the WA Wheatbelt's Tier 3 rail network. [Full Text]

Minister Saffioti opened consultation on the preferred route for a freight road near Geraldton in WA. [Full Text]

CoreLogic said that Perth stands out as a market primed for recovery in the housing market. [Full Text]

The WA Auditor General issued 'Transparency Report: Current Status of WA Health's COVID-19 Response Preparedness'. [Full Text]

Minister Jaensch confirmed the passage of the Tasmanian Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Major Projects) Bill. [Full Text]