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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced a plan to build 250,000 new affordable homes and said it would be the biggest national housing program since the Second World War. [Full Text]

A fact sheet on Labor's Housing Plan for Renters is online. [Full Text]

The Community Housing Industry Association said it welcomes the prospect of a long-term affordable rental incentive program which would be large enough to start making a meaningful difference to housing affordability. [Full Text]

Minister Paul Fletcher said the announcement has no new ideas and not much money. [Full Text]

The Property Council said it makes sense to harness the investment capacity of the private sector to deliver affordable housing for Australians. [Full Text]

National Shelter said the initiative recognises that most housing stress in Australia is in the rental market. [Full Text]

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Labor's affordable housing scheme is an admission that its housing tax will have a negative impact on affordability and supply. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen discussed affordable housing and negative gearing policy on Sky. [Full Text]

ACOSS said the housing package is a historic commitment towards reducing inequality. [Full Text]

PowerHousing Australia said this level of commitment will see around 10 per cent of the build rate per year being affordable housing and rental-focussed. [Full Text]

The 'Everybody's Home' campaign said the announcement is a game changer for 811,000 Australians in rental stress. [Full Text]

The Institute of Health and Welfare issued 'Specialist Homelessness Services' and two related reports. [Full Text]

The Fifth Estate released 'Tomorrowland 2018'. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council announced that the time is right for it to accelerate its efforts in the residential space. [Full Text]

Staff from the University of Queensland and Sydney said cities fall short on sustainability, but planning innovations offer local solutions. [Full Text]

Bill Shorten announced plans to create a new Commonwealth Environmental Protection Authority. [Full Text]

The PM announced the start of construction on the Inland Rail project, at Parkes. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese said the Coalition promised to start the project more than two years ago. [Full Text]

The PM announced an independent review into integration, employment and settlement outcomes for refugees and humanitarian entrants. [Full Text]

Geoscience Australia said the University of NSW and Position Partners recently completed a trial on its behalf of a Satellite Based Augmentation System on construction sites in NSW and Victoria. [Full Text]

The ABS issued 'Australian National Accounts: Finance and Wealth, Sep 2018'. [Full Text]

The PM announced a $552.9 million increase to aged care funding. [Full Text]

The Property Council and Leading Aged Services Australia launched an industry code of conduct for retirement village operators. [Full Text]

The PM announced a Commonwealth Integrity Commission and released a paper on its proposed functions and structure. [Full Text]

The Greens said the new body is a sham ICAC. [Full Text]

The NSW Auditor-General released a report on the NSW Planning and Environment cluster. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Tania Mihailuk commented on the report. [Full Text]

The Commonwealth and NSW Governments jointly announced a review of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing. [Full Text]

The University of Sydney and Shelter NSW issued a brief, 'Potential affordable dwelling yields from a NSW Inclusionary Zoning Scheme'. [Full Text]

A summary of the findings is online. [Full Text]

The Community Housing Industry Association issued 'NSW 2019 Election Platform - Housing Our Community'. [Full Text]

The Community Housing Industry Association also issued 'State of the Industry 2018: Community Housing in NSW'. [Full Text]

IPART issued a fact sheet on its process for assessing Contributions Plans in NSW. [Full Text]

IPART said it has commenced its assessment of Blacktown City Council's revised Contributions Plan 24 for Schofields. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the final tunnel breakthrough on the New M5 motorway between Kingsgrove and St Peters, part of the WestConnex project. [Full Text]

The Property Council launched its 2019 NSW State Election Platform: 'Six Steps to a More Liveable, Affordable and Prosperous NSW.' [Full Text]

Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced that Aquis Entertainment's unsolicited proposal to redevelop the Canberra Casino precinct cannot proceed in its current form. [Full Text]

Minister Yvette Berry launched the ACT Government's Rental Bond Help online platform. [Full Text]

The Property Council said it welcomed news that the ACT Government will prioritise getting Light Rail to Woden Town Centre as soon as possible. [Full Text]

Treasurer Nicole Manison invited feedback on a strategy to return the NT budget to a sustainable position. [Full Text]

Treasurer Manison said registrations are open for the NT Government's Leased Property Stimulus Scheme. [Full Text]

Minister Manison said McMahon Services Australia NT has won the first contract for the construction of the new Westin Darwin hotel. [Full Text]

Aboriginal Housing NT won the 2018 NT Human Rights Award for its work in affordable housing. [Full Text]

Premier Daniel Andrews announced the outcomes of the registration of interest for delivering Melbourne Airport Rail Link. [Full Text]

Victoria Walks released 'The Economic Case for Investment in Walking'. [Full Text]

Minister Jackie Trad announced a $70 million Build to Rent pilot program for inner city Brisbane. [Full Text]

The Property Council described the move as a win-win for the property industry and Queensland renters. [Full Text]

Minister Stephan Knoll announced an EOI for the next section of Adelaide's North-South Corridor road project. [Full Text]

The SA Auditor-General issued a report on the State's Land Services Commercialisation Project. [Full Text]

Minister Rob Lucas said the former Labor Government has been strongly criticised by the Auditor-General. [Full Text]

Engineers Australia outlined its lobbying and submissions to the SA Government's draft Accredited Professionals Scheme, part of the State's new planning system. [Full Text]

Premier Mark McGowan announced changes to the WA Cabinet, including a refocus of Minister Rita Saffioti's responsibility to planning reform and METRONET. [Full Text]

Minister Peter Gutwein said the University of Tasmania has lodged a development application with Burnie City Council for the North-West Coast's new campus at West Park. [Full Text]