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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg discussed 'Growing the Australian Economy in Challenging Times' in a speech. [Full Text]

Treasury issued 'Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) Capability Review'. [Full Text]

Treasury issued a response to that report. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Jim Chalmers welcomed the release of the Review and supports the broad directions of the recommendations. [Full Text]

APRA welcomed the report and outlined an action plan. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chalmers said the RBA board confirmed wages are stagnant and consumption growth is weak. [Full Text]

Treasury Deputy Secretary Meghan Quinn discussed 'What's driving low wages growth in Australia?' in a speech. [Full Text]

Treasury issued 'Wage Growth in Australia: Lessons from Longitudinal Microdata'. [Full Text]

The ACTU said Treasury analysis reveals that productivity gains made by working people are not being compensated with fair pay rises. [Full Text]

Acting Treasury Secretary Maryanne Mrakovcic discussed 'How can economics contribute to better policy-making in the future?' in a speech. [Full Text]

Productivity Commission Chair Michael Brennan spoke on that same topic. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on cuts to deeming rates. [Full Text]

ABC Fact Check analysed Minister Luke Howarth's statements on homelessness. [Full Text]

The National Australia Bank issued the findings of its Residential Property Survey for the second quarter. [Full Text]

CoreLogic said that data shows household wealth is going down but household debt remains high. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Housing Occupancy and Costs, 2017-18'. [Full Text]

Staff from Griffith University said that China and Australia can learn from each other's urban design. [Full Text]

Staff from RMIT analysed the potential impact of fast rail on regional areas. [Full Text]

A joint statement by the Construction Industry Forum, Ai Group, Insurance Council of Australia, Master Builders and the Property Council called for Australia-wide action on building regulation. [Full Text]

Shadow Ministers Brendan O'Conner and Jason Clare said leadership is needed to improve compliance with the National Construction Code. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute urged the Australian Government to help break the impasse on reforms needed to tackle the crisis facing the building and construction industry. [Full Text]

The Regional Australia Institute issued 'Steps to settlement success: a toolkit for regional and rural communities'. [Full Text]

The Lowy Institute said a tapering of world population growth is being driven by increasing urbanisation, and female education and empowerment. [Full Text]

The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation announced a $45.7 million construction loan for BlueCHP to construct 93 new dwellings in affordable housing projects at Lane Cove and Liverpool. [Full Text]

The Corporation announced a $40 million loan for Bridge Housing to support 300 social and affordable dwellings across Sydney. [Full Text]

Minister Michael Sukkar welcomed the Corporation's commencement of construction lending. [Full Text]

The Greater Sydney Commission issued a report and online dashboard bringing together data from across government to track the evolution towards a metropolis of three cities. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the report demonstrates the important link between apartment numbers and public transport usage. [Full Text]

Alex O'Mara, Deputy Secretary, NSW Place, Design and Public Spaces shared her thoughts on the importance of community collaboration in strategic planning. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister Andrew Constance opened expressions of interest for the Sydney Gateway project. [Full Text]

Clayton Utz provided an overview of the NSW Government's proposed reforms to the building and construction industry. [Full Text]

Registrations are open for an Urban Development Institute event on 'Delivering the Missing Middle' on 22 August in Sydney. [Full Text]

Minister Chris Steel celebrated one million passengers on Canberra light rail. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said that 57 construction contracts valued over $31 million were awarded to NT businesses in June. [Full Text]

Minister Lauren Moss released the NT Government's first Long-term Business Events Strategy. [Full Text]

Minister Dale Wakefield announced $6 million to redevelop crisis accommodation in Alice Springs. [Full Text]

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister Richard Wynne announced a $600 million package to fix buildings with combustible cladding. [Full Text]

The Institute of Architects welcomed the announcement and repeated its call for national reforms. [Full Text]

Master Builders Victoria welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

Staff from Monash University examined the vision for Melbourne to become a network of connected "20-minute cities." [Full Text]

Treasurer Tim Pallas said Victorians have saved $1.3 billion on properties since the Victorian Government reduced stamp duty two years ago. [Full Text]

The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning issued 'Victoria in Future 2019: population projections 2016 to 2056'. [Full Text]

Minister Martin Pakula said Victoria's visitor economy has hit $30 billion. [Full Text]

Minister Michael McCormack announced $25 million for 71 Victorian black spot projects. [Full Text]

Engineers Australia welcomed the addition of the Budj Bim cultural landscape to the UNESCO World Heritage List. [Full Text]

Registrations are open for the Urban Development Institute's ANZ Victorian Housing Update on 25 July in Melbourne. [Full Text]

Minister Mark Bailey announced $6.7 million for the next stage of the popular Mooloolaba to Maroochydore Cycleway. [Full Text]

Renewal SA called for expressions of interest from residential construction service providers to deliver 31 new house and land packages within The Square at Woodville West. [Full Text]

The City of Adelaide called Expressions of Interest for appointment to its Council Assessment Panel. [Full Text]

Minister Stephan Knoll launched a free autonomous vehicle trial that will deliver a first and last mile service between the Playford Alive Township and the Munno Para Train Station. [Full Text]