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Infrastructure Partnerships Australia issued 'Infrastructure Budget Monitor 2020-21'. [Full Text]

The Logistics Council said it welcomed a $225 billion national commitment to infrastructure projects from state governments, delivered over the next four years. [Full Text]

Treasurer Frydenberg foreshadowed a new Tip Off and Compliance campaign for foreign investors purchasing residential real estate in Australia. [Full Text]

The Ai Group issued 'Business experiences in 2020 and outlook for 2021'. [Full Text]

The Reserve Bank released a paper on a 'news sentiment index' that it has developed with the aim of tracking sentiment in the economy. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Sukkar announced that the next two priorities for the Federal Government's Deregulation Taskforce will be occupational mobility and the modernisation of business communications. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Survey of Motor Vehicle Use, Australia, 12 Months ended 30 June 2020 (Final Issue)'. [Full Text]

The Federal Government published 'Impact of COVID-19 on petrol prices in Australia'. [Full Text]

A study from a series of pilot projects aimed at the digitalisation of freight supply chain information has been published by the Federal Government. [Full Text]

Minister McCormack said the study provides insights for governments and industry for infrastructure planning and delivery. [Full Text]

The Australia Institute said that in sectors like transport - which lacks any climate abatement policy - emissions are quickly rising back to pre-pandemic heights. [Full Text]

The Climate Council issued 'Fact Sheet: Tropical Cyclones and Climate Change'. [Full Text]

GetUp issued an analysis of the quantity of content published by News Corp that expresses climate scepticism. [Full Text]

The Bushfire Recovery Agency issued a newsletter. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Clare called for the HomeBuilder scheme to be extended for bushfire victims. [Full Text]

The Energy Market Regulator issued an options paper on the regulation of energy storage facilities. [Full Text]

The Energy Market Commission published its annual Residential Electricity Price Trends report. [Full Text]

The Department of Health updated 'Coronavirus social and emotional wellbeing resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders - social content assets'. [Full Text]

The Medical Association issued a position statement: 'Social Determinants of Health 2020'. [Full Text]

The report has been released for an inquiry into consumer data sharing. [Full Text]

The Committee for Melbourne issued 'The future of Artificial Intelligence in Australia'. [Full Text]

Minister Fletcher declared the NBN as built and fully operational. [Full Text]

Minister Dominello announced a $45 million Smart Places Acceleration Program for NSW. [Full Text]

The NSW Government issued a circular on its Infrastructure Data Management Framework. [Full Text]

Minister Barilaro announced $100 million for sports facilities across NSW over two years. [Full Text]

Minister Barilaro announced a further $95 million to help manage waste from the ongoing bushfire clean-up. [Full Text]

Minister Littleproud announced disaster assistance for council areas in NSW affected by floods. [Full Text]

Minister Stokes announced that a proposed gas-fired power station at a former aluminium smelter site in the Hunter Valley has been declared as Critical State Significant Infrastructure. [Full Text]

NSW Planning announced that a strategic plan will be developed for Greater Parramatta and the Olympic Peninsula (GPOP). [Full Text]

Preston Rowe Paterson published a paper on the Greater Sydney Commission's 'Three Cities' vision. [Full Text]

Minister Hancock released a draft exposure bill and consultation guide outlining proposed reform to the local council rates system in NSW. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce supported the bill's mechanism to allow councils to seek rate rises in response to population growth. [Full Text]

The NSW Local Government Association said the reforms don't go far enough to solve underlying financial sustainability issues. [Full Text]

Minister Lee launched 'Ageing Well in NSW: Seniors Strategy 2021-2031'. [Full Text]

Minister Steel announced a market sounding process for 90 electric buses in Canberra. [Full Text]

Minister Pulford launched a plan to guide the development of Cremorne in inner Melbourne as an innovation and technology precinct. [Full Text]

The Municipal Association of Victoria said the Victorian Government's response to the Local Rating System Review has only gone some of the way to providing much-needed taxation reform. [Full Text]

Minister Wynne outlined the Environmental Effects Statement process for Melbourne's Suburban Rail Loop. [Full Text]

The Committee for Melbourne issued 'Road to Recovery: Greater Melbourne's Visitor Economy Report'. [Full Text]

SA Planning issued a summary of key performance indicators since the implementation of the State's new planning system. [Full Text]

Renewal SA issued designs for Adelaide Railway Station's two north terrace entrances. [Full Text]

Minister Saffioti said amendments to local planning regulations in WA will take effect from 15 February. [Full Text]

Premier McGowan announced that WA's second 'Common Ground' development, to help address homelessness, will be built in Mandurah. [Full Text]

The WA Auditor-General issued a report on the State's COVID-19 Relief Fund. [Full Text]

The Tasmanian Government released a Renewable Energy Action Plan. [Full Text]