Mozambique model creates jobs and food… can this work in South Africa?

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by Peter Meakin South African Constitutional Property Rights Foundation Will Minister Gigaba encourage the trafficking of South Africa’s unemployed to Mozambique? Realistically, the best chance for South Africa’s 8.5 million jobless is a single bus ticket to Maputo. Work prospects there are unlimited because access to fertile land is free. That alone is a treasure […]

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Pitfalls loom for vacancy taxes

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Governments make token moves in the right direction The Federal government announcement of a vacancy tax on foreign investors could be construed as pure populism. Foreign investors constitute some 11% of all residential property purchases. Barely 3% of those purchasers are the much vaunted Chinese investor. Domestic investors are up to four times more significant. […]

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Reading tea-leaves won’t help – look at the tax bases

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Cameron Kushner of CoreLogic has offered an interesting analysis of property tax bases in Taxation Revenue From Property Continues to Climb. Tax bases reveal more about a country’s future prospects than Treasury forecasts and economist sooth-saying. Where and how it taxes is the single most important tool government has to foster national prosperity. It is […]

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The young can’t count; the young don’t matter

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Last night’s federal budget included a fat gift to downsizing homeowners over 65 who can now put up to $300,000 from their house sale into superannuation, allowing many to keep their (part) pension and, most importantly, unlimited free healthcare. This stunning generosity to the asset-rich is in striking contrast to the Turnbull government’s behavior toward […]

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Victoria gets annual land valuations

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The Andrews government has announced State Land Tax will be calculated annually rather than every two years, a painless inexpensive reform Prosper urges all states to adopt. The Valuer-General’s assessment is used to calculate council rates and land tax. Valuers today use computer-assisted mass appraisal to determine what land is worth, so upgrading the biennial […]

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Victorian Budget Submission

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Preamble Prosper Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the 2017- 2018 Victorian budget as a leading non-government economic research organisation highlighting the political-economy of land, natural resource and monopoly rents. This submission focusses on the role of State Land Tax (SLT), which is the fairest and most efficient tax, at a time when the […]

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But… But Rents only go up! Don’t they?

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Lindsay David and Philip Soos at LF Economics demonstrate real rents are falling across the country, except in Hobart. This is only possible with falling wages, weak demand and excess housing supply. Little landlords have no compunction about evicting bolshie tenants – but they will now be doing everything possible to keep good-paying renters. Very […]

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Missing the point on corruption

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by Dr Cameron Murray reposeted from macrobusiness On Friday 28th April I am appearing and Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission’s Operation Belcarra as an expert witness on relationships between councillors and property developers, and how that leads to favouritism. A narrow focus What is interesting from my perspective is how narrow the focus of the […]

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Should children play with interest-only fireworks?

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Investor interest-only loans are a key risk factor threatening to destabilize Australia’s mountain of private debt, according to investment firm Standard Life Investments, a keen observer of interest rates. IO loans are often associated with thin equity buffers, risky investment strategies and the aggressive pursuit of capital gain over income. Standard Life says: “Much of […]

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Turnbull Government prepares to squib on PRRT

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The Petroleum Resource Rent Tax has been a successful revenue-sharing device since 1987, delivering well over $33 billion to Consolidated Revenue, derived entirely from the economic rents of resource extraction with no harm to producers. It has never deterred exploration or hindered output. Treasurer Scott Morrison commissioned a Treasury review by Michael Callaghan into why […]

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