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SQM Research issued a summary of its report on Labor's negative gearing policy. [Full Text]

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the research finds rent increases of up to 22 per cent, falls in house prices of up to 16 per cent, slowing housing construction and lost stamp-duty revenue. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said the report is all over the shop in terms of its conclusions, assumptions and policy prescriptions. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute said the report is a valuable contribution to the public debate. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said changes proposed by Labor will dampen first home buyer capacity to save for their first home. [Full Text]

Master Builders said research it has previously commissioned has shown that Labor's policies would result in an up to 42,000 reduction in new home building activity. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Australian Demographic Statistics, Sep 2018'. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said Australia's annualised population growth rate increased by 0.01 per cent to 1.6 per cent in the September 2018 quarter. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association said the PM's population planning document is an important step towards a better way of managing population growth but there needs to be a matching commitment to funding local infrastructure. [Full Text]

The Ai Group said dropping the migrant intake 'ceiling' leaves open the opportunity for even much deeper cuts to migration levels and the potential loss of further economic benefits. [Full Text]

The Migration Institute called on Government to reconsider cutting migration numbers. [Full Text]

The Regional Australia Institute said the focus on regional migration helps to address the issue of job shortages in many areas. [Full Text]

The Centre for Independent Studies said the idea that migrants can be evenly distributed may sound nice in theory - but could prove impossible in practice for several reasons. [Full Text]

Consult Australia issued 'Re-Building the Social Licence for Asset Recycling'. [Full Text]

The Tourism and Transport Forum issued a state-by-state scorecard on mobility technology readiness. [Full Text]

Associate Professor Hussein Dia from Swinburne University discussed the regulatory challenges of driverless cars. [Full Text]

Minister Michael McCormack welcomed an analysis transport cost savings from the Inland Rail line, using the CSIRO's Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool. [Full Text]

The CSIRO report, 'Inland Rail Supply Chain Mapping', is online. [Full Text]

The Railway Association said the study provides industry with important information to help better understand economic and social benefits that will be achieved through construction of the Inland Rail project. [Full Text]

The National Farmers Federation said the new rail infrastructure would take up to 63,000 trucks off various parts of the Newell Highway. [Full Text]

The Logistics Council said the study demonstrates there are significant supply chain savings that can be realised through the use of Inland Rail. [Full Text]

The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation announced its first bond issue of $315 million. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Zed Seselja said the first bond will back Community Housing Providers focussed on providing social and affordable housing. [Full Text]

The Community Housing Industry Association made a submission to the Review of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing. [Full Text]

Professor Kristy Muir of the Centre for Social Impact said the homelessness figures in Australia are a disgrace. [Full Text]

Geoscience Australia and FrontierSI launched an industry consultation on the Digital Earth Australia program. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Tony Burke committed $200 million to clean up urban rivers. [Full Text]

The Australia Institute issued 'National Energy Emissions Audit - Electricity Update'. [Full Text]

The winners of the Real Estate Institute's National Awards for Excellence have been announced. [Full Text]

Minister Karen Andrews announced that an MoU has been signed between the Australian Space Agency and NSW Government for manufacturing at the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said railway tunnels under Sydney Harbour - linking metro rail in the city's northwest, CBD and south west - will commence soon. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Michael Daley said Labor will set aside $100 million to compensate residents and businesses impacted by the Sydney Light Rail project. [Full Text]

WSROC welcomed the NSW Government's promise to re-introduce a weekly cap on Opal fares and said a cap on tolls should be next. [Full Text]

The Environmental Defenders Office released a discussion paper, 'Climate-ready planning laws for NSW: Rocky Hill and beyond'. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a snapshot of the NSW Election. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian claimed victory in the NSW election. [Full Text]

The ABC is publishing updates to counting for the NSW Election. [Full Text]

The NSW Electoral Commission said that over one million electors in voted early. [Full Text]

The ACT Parliament announced an inquiry into the ACT Planning Strategy. [Full Text]

Minister Dale Wakefield released a design tender for $15 million of Alice Springs CBD revitalisation projects. [Full Text]

The PM announced $2 billion for fast rail between Geelong and Melbourne. [Full Text]

Minister Michael McCormack said the plan also invests $40 million for detailed assessments of five additional corridors. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the Geelong fast rail funding announcement. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said the PM should back genuine high speed rail in the national interest. [Full Text]

Minister Mick de Brenni said Townsville's $290 million North Queensland Stadium will be ready for the start of the 2020 NRL Premiership Season. [Full Text]

The Federal and SA Governments announced two Designated Area Migration Agreements. [Full Text]

The Ai Group welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese announced $850 million for the Morley-Ellenbrook Metronet rail line in Perth. [Full Text]

Premier Mark McGowan welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

The UDIA made a pre-budget submission to the WA Government. [Full Text]