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The World Resource Institute released 'Upward and Outward Growth: Managing Urban Expansion for More Equitable Cities in the Global South'. [Full Text]

The Brookings Institution released 'Removing barriers to accessing high-productivity places' in the US. [Full Text]

The National Growth Areas Alliance launched a campaign and report, 'Catch Up with the outer suburbs'. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese delivered a speech at the launch of 'Catch Up with the Outer Suburbs.' [Full Text]

The Property Council said Infrastructure Australia's Priority List is insurance against projects that might deliver votes, but which don't do anything for efficiency, productivity or liveability. [Full Text]

The Rail Track Corporation discussed the progress and benefits of Inland Rail. [Full Text]

NSW Farmers called for an inquiry into inland rail. [Full Text]

AHURI released a brief on the funding gap for social housing. [Full Text]

AHURI released presentation slides and audio recordings from its recent event, 'Is social housing infrastructure?'. [Full Text]

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the housing industry has raised concerns about Labor's housing taxes in a housing policy meeting. [Full Text]

The UDIA said Labor's proposal to curb negative gearing and increase capital gains tax could reduce investment in the housing market and exacerbate effects of the downturned market. [Full Text]

RiskWise discussed that meeting. [Full Text]

The Everybody's Home campaign said the Government spends $11.8 billion on housing assistance for property investors through negative gearing and capital gains tax exemptions - almost twice as much as on social housing, rent assistance and homelessness. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the roundtable was an opportunity for Government to hear industry views on the importance of maintaining confidence in the property sector. [Full Text]

The Reserve Bank said that dwelling investment was likely to have been close to its peak in the second half of 2018. [Full Text]

The Foreign Investment Review Board released its 2017-18 Annual Report. [Full Text]

The REA Group said that foreign investment in Aussie homes has been slashed by more than $47 billion in a year. [Full Text]

Professor Chris Leishman from Adelaide University said falling house prices don't improve affordability much because fewer home owners choose to sell if they can afford to stay put. [Full Text]

Romilly Madew discussed sustainability challenges and opportunities in the industry, in an interview with the Property Council. [Full Text]

Adjunct Professor David Chandler from WSU said the Building Ministers Forum should have mandated all new residential projects of three or more storeys be protected by an unconditional 10-year warranty, with responsible body corporates named on the policy. [Full Text]

KPMG issued 'Specialist disability accommodation pricing and payments framework review'. [Full Text]

ARUP released a report on Milan's Gallaretese neighbourhood, presenting strategies for designing age-friendly places. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute announced the finalists for its National Awards for Excellence. [Full Text]

Entries are open for the Urban Taskforce's Development Excellence Awards. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Tania Mihailuk announced a policy to scrap the NSW Medium Density Housing Code. [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce said NSW Labor's policy to scrap the Code must be balanced by support for higher rise apartment living [Full Text]

Local Government NSW said the mandatory application of the Code undermined the detailed community consultation and strategic planning process undertaken by council. [Full Text]

The Property Council said scrapping the Code would be a blow to diverse housing supply across Sydney and affordable housing. [Full Text]

UDIA NSW said the move would negatively affect the supply of diverse housing across the state. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Jodi McKay announced $10 million for preliminary work on a rapid transport link between the Western Sydney Airport and Liverpool. [Full Text]

Minister Andrew Constance criticised Labor's policy to cancel the Sydenham to Bankstown Metro upgrade. [Full Text]

Deputy Opposition Leader Penny Sharpe announced a policy to create a NSW Heritage Strategy and introduce laws to protect Aboriginal cultural heritage. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said Western Sydney needs a dedicated Destination Network. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Adam Searle said NSW Labor will deliver 7 gigawatts of new, renewable energy by 2030. [Full Text]

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said a government owned electricity generator would put the pipeline of almost 20,000MW of new generation capacity already in the NSW planning system at risk. [Full Text]

The Greens announced a plan for a publicly-owned 100 per cent renewable energy supplier and retailer in NSW. [Full Text]

Minister Richard Wynne said the Victorian Government is planning for 12 new communities to sustain Melbourne's 15-year land supply. [Full Text]

The Victorian Planning Authority said the new communities will be located across outer Melbourne in corridors it has identified for more housing. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Tim Smith said the announced 50,000 blocks over four years is a drop in the ocean given Victoria is growing by 150,000 people per year and Melbourne is the fastest growing city. [Full Text]

The Property Council said the new communities must be properly planned, and accompanied by appropriate infrastructure and services from the outset. [Full Text]

Staff from the RMIT Centre for Urban Research outlined six elements that should be in place to ensure suburbs in Melbourne's growth areas liveable and equitable. [Full Text]

The Victorian Department of Planning said 2,000 incorporated documents across 83 planning schemes are online. [Full Text]

Minister Martin Foley announced that HASSELL has been appointed to redesign the Melbourne Arts Precinct, in partnership with New York's SO-IL. [Full Text]

The Victorian Ombudsman issued 'VicRoads complaints'. [Full Text]

The Queensland Government released a discussion paper as part of a review of the State's environmental offsets framework. [Full Text]

Minister Stephan Knoll announced a partnership with the City of Adelaide to allow a trial of electric scooters in the Adelaide CBD. [Full Text]

Minister Michelle Lensink said the SA Housing Authority will assist with the Queensland flood recovery operation. [Full Text]

Premier Mark McGowan released a series of whole-of-government targets for WA, including a target to increase the number of homes located within 1km of public transport. [Full Text]

The Property Council said it was a forward-looking, city-building policy. [Full Text]

Minister Rita Saffioti released the first stage of the Design WA apartment guidelines. [Full Text]

UDIA WA said it is concerning that affordability is not addressed by the ten principles, given that there are requirements in the Apartment Design Guide that will add additional costs to apartments. [Full Text]

The Property Council said this policy raises the bar for developers to ensure that apartments built in existing suburbs add to the amenity and vibrancy of those areas. [Full Text]

WA Planning released data on lot and subdivision activities by local government for December. [Full Text]

The Local Government Association said 98 per cent of development applications across Perth were approved or responded to within the statutory timeframes. [Full Text]

Minister Mark McGowan said legislation to establish Infrastructure WA will be introduced into Parliament this week. [Full Text]

The UDIA welcomed the progress towards establishing Infrastructure WA. [Full Text]

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry urged all members of WA Parliament to progress the legislation as a priority. [Full Text]

The Property Council said having an independent and expert body to advise government on future infrastructure requirements and projects is an important investment in WA's future. [Full Text]

The Real Estate Institute published a list of the 10 suburbs most popular with WA property seekers looking to buy in the last 12 months. [Full Text]

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry made a submission to the WA Inquiry into short-stay accommodation. [Full Text]