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The Productivity Commission released 'Report on Government Services 2019: Housing and homelessness' Part G. [Full Text]

Microsoft has announced it will inject US$500m into affordable housing initiatives suburbs surrounding its Seattle headquarters in the US, including $25m to address homelessness. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen issued 'Positive plan to help housing affordability'. [Full Text]

Associate Professor Ben Phillips and Matthew Gray from ANU said data tells us who will be most impacted by Labor's capital gains tax changes. [Full Text]

The HIA said its Affordability Index for Australia's capital cities registered 75.4 in the December quarter - 1.5 per cent higher than in the previous quarter and 3.3 per cent higher than a year earlier. [Full Text]