Thursday, 14 March 2019

ECONOMICS

The Committee for Economic Development issued 'Sustainable budgets: underwriting Australia's social compact'. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE / ECONOMICS

The Reserve Bank issued 'A Model of the Australian Housing Market'. [Full Text]

House prices declined by 2.3 per cent during the December quarter, according to the Real Estate Institute. [Full Text]

The Centre for Independent Studies issued 'Myth vs reality: the case against increasing Capital Gains Tax'. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Lending to households and businesses, Australia, Jan 2019'. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said housing finance commitments for construction and purchase of new homes declined by 3 per cent in January to be 19.2 per cent lower than at the same time in 2018. [Full Text]

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that the Australian Government will not prohibit trail commission on new loans, but rather will review their operation in three years' time. [Full Text]

The Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT / ICT

Infrastructure Australia Acting CEO Anna Chau discussed using new technologies to enhance major public transport investments. [Full Text]

Anna Chau also discussed the role of light rail in integrated transport networks. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT / SUSTAINABILITY

Australian National University launched a tool that aims to show the projected impacts of climate change in a way that people can engage with. [Full Text]

The Federal Government responded to the Climate Change Authority's Review of the Emissions Reduction Fund. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

The PM announced $3.5 billion for the construction of a metro rail line in time for the opening of the Western Sydney International Airport. [Full Text]

Western Sydney University launched 'Flight Path: Our Strategy for Western Sydney's Airport'. [Full Text]

Mathew Hounsell from UTS Sydney said the next government should give higher priority to the western rail corridor than the Bankstown corridor, based on data of passenger usage. [Full Text]

Professor David Hensher from the University of Sydney called for a complete overhaul of the current road pricing system in NSW. [Full Text]

The Advance Australia Party and Motorists Party launched policies aimed at fixing Sydney and rural NSW traffic issues. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

The Urban Taskforce said the value of lending by dwelling investors in NSW has dropped by 30 percent between January 2018 and January 2019. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / REGULATION

IPART released an issues paper, 'Pricing regulation of electronic conveyancing services in NSW'. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / EVENTS / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / ENERGY

A Town Hall Assembly will be held in Sydney tonight to discuss housing and energy costs, attended by over 200 community organisations and major political party representatives, ahead of the NSW election. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese announced $200 million for Stage Two of Canberra's Light Rail project. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

NORTHERN TERRITORY / RURAL AND REGIONAL / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Shadow Minister Warren Snowdon said it has been nearly a year since the Federal Government agreed to provide $550 million to remote housing in the NT but not a dollar has been delivered. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

The PM announced that the Victorian and Federal Governments have signed an agreement on the Melbourne Airport Rail Link project. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / INDUSTRY / DESIGN

The Victorian Government invited expressions of interest for design professionals to join the Apartment Design Advisory Service team. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / AFFORDABLE HOUSING / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY

The Council to Homeless Persons said the Victorian Government must rectify the undersupply of social housing in the budget to stop rising homelessness in Victoria. [Full Text]

The Victorian Council of Social Service released a pre-budget social policy blueprint. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING

The Queensland Government released a Draft Master Plan for The Spit at the Gold Coast. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Shadow Minister Albanese announced $112 million for Stage 3A of Gold Coast Light Rail. [Full Text]

Minister Mark Bailey released the Queensland Government's 10-year Freight Strategy. [Full Text]

The Logistics Council said the Strategy emphasises the importance of new technologies and building resilience in the Queensland supply chain. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / NOT FOR PROFIT

The Queensland Council of Social Service released its 2019-2020 Priority Statement. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT

Minister Rita Saffioti said the WA Government has started developing the blueprint for future cycling infrastructure across the Perth and Peel regions. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / PLANNING

The WA Government called for feedback on the revised Draft Structure Plan for the Wanju District in Bunbury. [Full Text]

Minister Saffioti said Wanju is expected to deliver 20,000 new homes to accommodate 50,000 people. [Full Text]

The WA Government called for feedback on the revised draft Waterloo Industrial Park District Structure Plan. [Full Text]