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AHURI released 'Social housing as infrastructure: An investment pathway'. [Full Text]

Staff from RMIT University, UNSW and WSU outlined how Australia can triple its social housing by 2036. [Full Text]

An amendment to the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation has passed Parliament, relating to the provision of loans to community housing providers under the Affordable Housing Bond Aggregator. [Full Text]

The RBA Deputy Governor discussed 'Assessing the Effects of Housing Lending Policy Measures' in a speech. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Zed Seselja said analysis by SQM Research has projected that if Labor implemented its Housing Tax policy, already falling house prices could drop a further 7 per cent in the first year. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said property research spruikers and Josh Frydenberg need to stop making economically irresponsible claims. [Full Text]

Capital Economics listed two reasons it is not worried about Labor's proposed changes to negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Bowen said the analysis contains a litany of errors and should be re-issued. [Full Text]

Frasers Property announced that it is adjusting its housing business to meet the changing market. [Full Text]

A Conservation Foundation report shows 90 per cent of polluting facilities reported in the National Pollutant Inventory are in postcodes with low-middle weekly household incomes. [Full Text]

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said environmental laws must do more for the natural environment and people. [Full Text]

Credit Suisse issued 'Global Wealth Report 2018'. [Full Text]

The Canadian Institute for Research on Public Policy released 'A National Urban Policy for Canada? The Implicit Federal Agenda'. [Full Text]

The PM announced that Australia has committed to a Southeast Asia Economic Governance and Infrastructure Initiative. [Full Text]

Consultation for the Australian Building Codes Board's Accessible Housing Options Paper will close on 28 November. [Full Text]

The Government-owned PSMA updated its Geoscape dataset, mapping every building in Australia with a roof area greater than nine square metres. [Full Text]

Minister Angus Taylor said the Energy Market Commission has made a final rule determination that will assist vulnerable customers to better understand their rights and get the help needed to pay power bills. [Full Text]

Senator Hanson-Young said The Greens will establish the Select Committee into Fair Dinkum Power to inquire into the electricity market, power prices and energy generation methods. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that Hitachi has signed on to participate in the development of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. [Full Text]

An expansion of the Sydney Markets brand to Western Sydney Aerotropolis could be the cornerstone of a new fresh food precinct and should be encouraged, according to the Western Sydney Business Chamber. [Full Text]

NSW Planning and Environment announced that there has been 44,315 new homes built in Sydney during the 12 months to September - a new record for housing completions. [Full Text]

The Metropolitan Housing Monitor interactive dataset is online. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said the Housing Monitor shows the top ten councils completed more than 2,000 homes each over the last year but the bottom ten councils averaged 200 homes a year. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce examined apartment design in Sydney and other cities around the world, in its Urban Ideas publication. [Full Text]

NSW Planning and Environment released a planning consultation paper for the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, the largest non-government landowner on the Central Coast. [Full Text]

Minister Gabrielle Upton said NSW's local council meetings will be webcast under the new Model Code of Meeting Practice released last week. [Full Text]

The NSW Office of Local Government issued a circular on the Code. [Full Text]

Local Government NSW said there were numerous pressing issues for the state's 128 councils, all of whom are drought-declared, and a new code for meeting procedures was not one of them. [Full Text]

The Council for the Ageing issued its NSW election policy platform. [Full Text]

Shelter NSW opened registrations for the launch of a research report on what an Affordable Housing Target of 5-10 per cent will deliver, on 5 December in Sydney. [Full Text]

A $200 million Darwin City Deal has been signed. [Full Text]

A joint media statement for the Darwin City Deal is online. [Full Text]

A transcript of the joint announcement for the Darwin City Deal is online. [Full Text]

The City of Darwin's Tree Re-establishment Advisory Committee put forward 27 recommendations to Council, including that Council develops a citywide, long-term Strategic Urban Forest Management Plan. [Full Text]

The City of Darwin said it fully supports the development of an Urban Forest Management Plan and will also fully consider the recommendations made in the report. [Full Text]

Barton Deakin issued a brief on the upcoming Victorian election. [Full Text]

The Council to Homeless Persons has compiled promises made by the Liberal, Labor and Greens Parties on homelessness, public and community housing, youth homelessness, mental health, family violence and rental reform. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Michael O'Brien said Treasurer Tim Pallas disclosed that State, Commonwealth and private sector contributions, and value capture opportunities, will be required to fund the Suburban Rail Loop. [Full Text]

The Greens said Victoria needs real investment in public transport to fight congestion. [Full Text]

Environment Victoria issued a clean energy report card ahead of the Victorian election. [Full Text]

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk issued a progress report on Queensland Government election commitments. [Full Text]

Minister Cameron Dick said Australia's first New Home Test Drive initiative in The Village, Townsville has had a 20 per cent boost in sales as a result of the try-before-you-buy experience. [Full Text]

Minister Dick proposed a ministerial call-in of the approved mixed-use Esplanade Jewel development at Bargara, near Bundaberg. [Full Text]

Minister Leeanne Enoch announced a waste levy as part of a waste management strategy being developed for Queensland. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association of SA issued a circular on council commercialisation. [Full Text]

Minister Vickie Chapman said the SA government has reintroduced a bill to Parliament aimed at delivering greater transparency to SA's ICAC. [Full Text]

Minister Tudge said Two of WA's biggest infrastructure projects, the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and Yanchep Rail Extension projects, have been granted priority status by Infrastructure Australia. [Full Text]

Infrastructure Australia said the METRONET program of rail projects is designed to address capacity constraints on Perth's metropolitan rail network, previously highlighted on the Infrastructure Priority List as a Priority Initiative requiring action in [Full Text]

Shelter WA said urgent investment is needed to address the shortfall of 38,000 social houses in WA. [Full Text]

HHG Legal Group outlined five key changes in WA strata law under the Strata Titles Amendment Bill. [Full Text]

Registrations are open for the Urban Development Industry's event, 'Perth in a Global Context: Politics & the Economy', on 15 February in Perth. [Full Text]