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The report from a review of the Product Stewardship Act has been released. [Full Text]

Minister Ley launched the first round of grants from the new $20 million Product Stewardship Investment Fund. [Full Text]

The Council of Recycling said that by announcing the funding, by accepting all the recommendations of the review, and by taking direct ownership, Ministers Ley and Evans have landed an excellent trifecta. [Full Text]

The Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association said the funding will help pivot Australia to a more resource-efficient nation. [Full Text]

The Climate Council issued 'What does net zero emissions mean?' [Full Text]

The Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC issued 'Impact of Australia's catastrophic 2019/20 bushfire season on communities and environment. Retrospective analysis and current trends'. [Full Text]

Minister McCormack committed to developing an Albury-Wodonga Regional Deal. [Full Text]

Polis Partners released 'The City Report: Tracking the Performance of Australian Cities and Towns'. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association said the study suggests that economic growth achieved by regional cities is more broadly inclusive than that of the capitals. [Full Text]

The OECD issued an Employment Outlook. [Full Text]

Professor Geoff Hamner discussed the implications of a survey of 450 architecture practices on the wider construction industry. [Full Text]

The Council to Homeless Persons issued 'The Impact of the Living Environment on the Mental Health of People Living with Mental Ill-health'. [Full Text]

The Prudential Regulation Authority issued a letter to authorised deposit-taking institutions on the 'Treatment of loans impacted by COVID-19' [Full Text]

The Authority published aggregated data on temporary loan repayment deferrals due to COVID-19. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute welcomed the Banking Association's plan to implement a new phase of support to assist customers, as the six month loan repayment deferral period draws to an end. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Lending Indicators, May 2020'. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said it is the largest monthly fall in the history of the series with value of loans for housing falling by 11.6 per cent. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said it doesn't expect to see the positive impact of HomeBuilder reflected in Housing Finance data for a number of months. [Full Text]

The Grattan Institute will host a panel discussion on fast trains on 22 July. [Full Text]

Minister Pavey called for feedback on a draft plan for the management of Crown Land assets. [Full Text]

Minister Barilaro announced $79 million to develop a second Renewable Energy Zone in the New England region of NSW. [Full Text]

The NSW Government released FAQs on the temporary closure of the NSW-Victorian border. [Full Text]

The Australasian Housing Institute is hosting a panel discussion on the NSW Housing Strategy Discussion Paper, on 15 July. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Barr announced a halt on a further easing of restrictions for the ACT. [Full Text]

Minister Wakefield released the NT's first Renewable Hydrogen Strategy. [Full Text]

Minister Lawler released the NT Government's 'Climate Change Response: Towards 2050' and three-year action plan. [Full Text]

Minister Lawler released the NT Government's Offsets Framework. [Full Text]

The NT Local Government Association issued 14 key priorities for local government ahead of the NT election. [Full Text]

Treasurer Pallas announced a $534 million Business Support Package for Victoria. [Full Text]

Minister Carroll announced road safety upgrades for 20 rural and regional precincts. [Full Text]

The City of Melbourne will trial sensors on a City Circle tram and at a square in Carlton to test how emerging technologies can help improve service delivery. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association discussed a recent a $1.4 million project to help five local councils across Greater Melbourne take their first steps to becoming 'smart cities'. [Full Text]

The Municipal Association of Victoria called on the State Government to defer this year's council elections. [Full Text]

Victoria's Chief Health Officer issued advice on next steps following COVID-19 testing across the nine locked down public housing towers in Flemington and North Melbourne. [Full Text]

The Queensland Government announced cost saving measures of $3 billion over four years. [Full Text]

The Queensland Government announced a Future Fund. [Full Text]

Minister Hinchliffe said the Queensland Government's $6 billion Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs economic recovery strategy is funding 520 projects across the state. [Full Text]

The SA Government called for expressions of interest to develop 25,500 square metres of land adjacent to the Mawson Lakes train and bus interchange. [Full Text]

The SA Government announced the installation of Australia's largest hydrogen electrolyser at the Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide. [Full Text]

Minister Saffioti announced that a concept master plan for the Morley Station Precinct in Perth will be developed. [Full Text]