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The Population Research Institute released 'Immigration and the housing affordability crisis in Sydney and Melbourne'. [Full Text]

The Committee for Sydney said that immigration is good for Australia and stopping immigration won't stop the growth of our cities. [Full Text]

Liz Allen from Australian National University explored what a population policy may look like for Australia. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said Australia needs a serious vision for decentralisation. [Full Text]

Dwelling investment is expected to remain at a high level despite the easing of conditions in the established housing market, according to the RBA Board. [Full Text]

Inflation expectations of home owners are lower than a year ago, according to Roy Morgan. [Full Text]

Property Investment Professionals of Australia issued a summary of a 30-year retrospective study of housing market growth. [Full Text]

The Property Council published an infographic on the proportion of tax payers who are property investors. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said the Reserve Bank is looking at housing finance from the wrong perspective. [Full Text]

AHURI published videos of presentations from the recent National Homelessness Conference. [Full Text]

Vivienne Milligan of UNSW said the new national housing agreement won't achieve its goals without enough funding. [Full Text]

The ABS released 'Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary, Jun 2018'. [Full Text]

The Department of Education and Training issued 'Indigenous knowledge in the built environment: a guide for tertiary educators'. [Full Text]

The Property Council said it is disappointing that the Government has stepped back from its plan to fully deliver the National Energy Guarantee. [Full Text]

The Council of Social Service called on the Government to implement policies to reduce emissions in the electricity sector and improve electricity affordability. [Full Text]

Independent Senator Tim Storer introduced a Bill to allow landlords to claim a tax offset for energy efficiency upgrades on rental properties. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council launched Green Star FAQs. [Full Text]

The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities issued adoption guidelines for green wall and fa├žade systems. [Full Text]

The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities also issued research findings on integrated multi-functional urban water systems. [Full Text]

Austrade said the Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Australia, Singapore and Sweden as the economies most prepared for technological change. [Full Text]

The Property Council explored changing luxury trends in high rise development. [Full Text]

The Federal Government issued its response to a Senate report on non-conforming building products. [Full Text]

Hawker Britton released an updated Federal Labor Shadow Ministry. [Full Text]

The Greens announced that Senator Dr Mehreen Faruqi has taken on portfolios including housing and local government. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute's National Congress will be held on 26-28 March at the Gold Coast. [Full Text]

NSW Planning and Environment released Stage 1 of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese discussed recent planning decisions in Sydney's Inner West. [Full Text]

CEDA released the NSW results of its Community Pulse survey report, which lists affordable housing as among the issues of greatest importance. [Full Text]

The NSW Parliamentary Research Service issued a paper on the history of the Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail. [Full Text]

A group of business leaders called on the Federal Government to commit to funding for the Sydney Metro West rail project. [Full Text]

The NSW Government announced $1 million for a feasibility study into a freight and passenger rail line between Canberra and the Port of Eden. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian listed the top suburbs in NSW for first homebuyers that have received stamp duty concessions in the past 12 months. [Full Text]

Minister Pru Goward said the City of Sydney street count recorded the lowest number of people sleeping rough in five years. [Full Text]

Premier Berejiklian announced $72 million in energy efficiency measures for households and businesses. [Full Text]

Premier Berejiklian announced $85 million for clean energy programs for regional households in NSW. [Full Text]

The NSW Office of Local Government issued a circular on the release of 'Charter for Public Participation - a guide to assist agencies and promote citizen engagement'. [Full Text]

The Nature Conservation Council issued 'A Cleaner, Greener NSW - Policies for the 2019 NSW State Election and beyond' [Full Text]

The Urban Taskforce will host the Creating Communities Conference in Sydney on 12 October. [Full Text]

Minister Yvette Berry announced the first three projects to be funded under the ACT's $1 million Affordable Housing Innovation Fund. [Full Text]

Minister Shane Rattenbury launched the first electric vehicle charging station to service West Belconnen and the first of several planned for the Ginninderry development. [Full Text]

Minister Berry announced that the ACT Government's Public Housing Renewal Program won the Social Infrastructure Category at the Urban Development Institute's Awards for Excellence. [Full Text]

Chief Minister Michael Gunner released the NT Government's '2018 - 2028 Northern Territory Population Growth Strategy'. [Full Text]

Minister Natasha Fyles said the NT Development Consent Authority is assessing concepts for a new multi-purpose visitor and event centre at George Brown Darwin Botanic Garden. [Full Text]

The NT Government released the final report for an inquiry into political funding and donations. [Full Text]

Minister Marlene Kairouz announced legislation that means off-the-plan contracts in Victoria cannot be terminated by a vendor under a sunset clause without the written consent of the purchaser. [Full Text]

Minister Kairouz announced the appointment of Dr Heather Holst as the inaugural Commissioner for Residential Tenancies in Victoria. [Full Text]

Minister Lily D'Ambrosio announced the passage of legislation aimed at strengthening the Victorian EPA's powers of enforcement. [Full Text]

Premier Daniel Andrews announced a $1.2 billion program to install solar panels on 650,000 homes over ten years in Victoria. [Full Text]

Environment Victoria welcomed the announcement. [Full Text]

The Clean Energy Council said industry looks forward to working with the Victorian Government to deliver the program. [Full Text]

The Conservation Foundation said the Victorian solar initiative showed that many state governments are leading the way on climate action. [Full Text]

Premier Andrews said Victorians will save up to $400 a year on power bills with discounted solar hot water systems for 60,000 households over ten years, under the new Solar Homes program. [Full Text]

The Institute of Architects said that masterplanning, safe and sustainable design, and tighter building regulation are needed if Melbourne is to remain one of the world's most liveable cities. [Full Text]

Victoria's strong infrastructure pipeline is driving a building boom, according to Treasurer Tim Pallas. [Full Text]

The Urban Development Institute released a Property Market Update for the June Quarter in Victoria. [Full Text]

Minister Cameron Dick issued an update on the development of a master plan for Southport Spit at the Gold Coast. [Full Text]

Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said a planning and economic development expert has been appointed as Interim Administrator of Ipswich City Council. [Full Text]

The SA Department of Energy and Mining released a Regulatory Impact Statement to consider an increase to the energy efficiency requirements for apartments. [Full Text]

There is a record-high level of confidence in SA, according to a recent ANZ / Property Council survey. [Full Text]

Minister David Speirs announced $10 million for a new metropolitan national park in Adelaide's southern suburbs. [Full Text]

The SA Local Government Association Board reaffirmed a commitment to work with MPs to deliver local government reforms. [Full Text]

The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities issued 'Vision and Transition Strategy for a Water Sensitive Greater Perth'. [Full Text]

Core Logic said there are early signs that the Hobart market may be set to weaken. [Full Text]

The Tasmanian Government has commenced consultation for Stage Two of its Affordable Housing Strategy. [Full Text]