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Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese announced his candidacy for the position of Leader of the Labor Party. [Full Text]

Bill Shorten confirmed that he will not be nominating for the position. [Full Text]

Ladbrokes published its odds for candidates to become the next Labor Leader. [Full Text]

Ai Group said a productivity plan should be first priority for the next Parliament. [Full Text]

The Productivity Commission released an issues paper, 'National Transport Regulatory Reform'. [Full Text]

Staff from Monash, RMIT and Melbourne Universities said there are better ways to keep congestion manageable and cities liveable than protecting existing or promising new car spaces. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute said the lowest blow of this election campaign may have come from a firm of real estate agents that abused its position of trust to scare renters about Labor's proposed negative gearing changes. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the result shows that Australians have rejected risky taxation changes at such an uncertain time in the property cycle. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association released its State and National Outlook Reports. [Full Text]

RiskWise said the property market will remain weak into 2020 unless the RBA cuts interest rates and these are passed on by the banks. [Full Text]

Ben Knight and Dr Laurence Troy from UNSW discussed who needs affordable housing and why. [Full Text]

ACOSS congratulated the Coalition. [Full Text]

The Council to Homeless Persons outlined key promises in the homelessness space by major parties. [Full Text]

Professor Walter Hood from UNSW discussed how spaces can preserve history and build community. [Full Text]

More new migrants are leaving regional areas for major cities than they were 30 years ago, according to the Australian National University. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council congratulated the Coalition and urged a renewed impetus from the COAG Energy Council in the implementation of the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings. [Full Text]

The Ai Group said an imperative for the next Government is to develop credible, durable and well-integrated climate and energy policies. [Full Text]

Anglicare congratulated the Coalition and said it will continue to call on the Government to develop a serious climate strategy. [Full Text]

Renew Economy analysed the major parties' stance on climate change. [Full Text]

The Property Council announced the winners of its Innovation and Excellence Awards. [Full Text]

The leadership org charts are online for NSW Government clusters in the new structure to take effect from July 1. [Full Text]

NSW Planning and Environment released a five-year housing supply forecast for Sydney. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said further delays to implementing the medium density housing code will cost NSW home buyers and limit the choice of housing product for home buyers. [Full Text]

The NSW Government announced $11m for a defence and aerospace technology park in the Hunter. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the new Astra Aerolab precinct will create 5,500 jobs during construction and provide service and maintenance for Australian fighter jets. [Full Text]

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils said a greater proportion of the waste levy must be returned to Western Sydney councils, to assist with the crippling burden of asbestos. [Full Text]

The ACT Government released a report on the delay to the duplication of Gundaroo Drive. [Full Text]

The NT Planning Commission announced the second stage of community consultation on the draft Area Plan for Katherine East. [Full Text]

Premier Daniel Andrews announced that stakeholder engagement for Melbourne's Suburban Rail Loop will start this week. [Full Text]

The Victorian Government launched a virtual model of Melbourne's underground history and landmarks, including the Metro Tunnel, using the Minecraft game platform. [Full Text]

Lendlease has been appointed to manage the $271m redevelopment of Melbourne Park, Stage 3. [Full Text]

The City of Melbourne issued 'Elizabeth Street Strategic Opportunities Plan'. [Full Text]

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry called for a long-term vision to manage growth in regional Victoria. [Full Text]

Shelter published an analysis of the WA Government Budget Papers. [Full Text]