The other vacancy report. New rental streams from excess car parking?

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According to the lovely Dr. Elizabeth Taylor over at RMIT, parking in Melbourne’s city centre now occupies the equivalent of 225 MCGs. The main reason for this bounty: minimum car parking requirements in the planning scheme. These requirements compel developers to provide a ratio of private car parks in all new developments. Cost for land […]

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Affordability runs on the board

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Dr Cameron Murray on actual housing affordability policy that works. A short video on two policies at least FOUR times more effective than the dominant paradigm of ‘build more houses’. These are excerpts from the 127th Annual Henry George Commemorative Dinner, where we launched Cameron’s Unspoken Alternatives to Expensive Housing. See the full speech and […]

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Speech: Unspoken Alternatives to Expensive Housing

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Video of Dr Cameron Murray’s full speech at the 127th Annual Henry George Dinner, where the Unspoken Alternatives to Expensive Housing report was launched.

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The Monthly Discussion in November – Victoria votes!

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The Monthly Discussion in November – Victoria votes! What: Discuss + Debate + Drinks + Pizza When: Wednesday, November 7 Time: 6pm Cost: Free Come along to the Monthly Discussion in November for the Great Victorian Election Debate! We analyse the policies and the promises, the past record and the rhetoric, through the lens of […]

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Post GFC: The Quest to Own the Future

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Christopher Burns First published in Progress Magazine #1124, this article is timely upon the ten year anniversary of the Global Financial Crisis. Please note the first graph when reading the many GFC related articles this week. Not content with blowing up the global economy in 2008, Wall Street quickly moved to extend its’ grasp on […]

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The 2018 EJ Craigie Award winner

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Last night Warwick Smith, Senior economist at Per Capita was awarded the EJ Craigie Writing Award for his piece The big spending Victorian state budget is built on Australia’s worst tax. Warwick quickly laid out the damaging effects of stamp duties and then moved on to show another innovative ACT policy move, with the transition […]

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127th Annual Henry George Dinner Address

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Cameron Murray gave the 127th annual dinner speech last night. Check his work at Fresh Economic Thinking Introductory remarks 1. To make health care affordable we broke this monopolistic market. We now spend over $100 billion to give everyone who needs it high-quality health care for free. 2. We could break the market in residential […]

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Housing: Unspoken Alternatives

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How to deliver affordable housing without inflating landlord profits by Dr Cameron Murray Most housing subsidies end up increasing landlord and developer profits rather than reducing housing costs for residents. Public land rent schemes that provide discounted land access to owners, and private Community Land Trusts, are proven ways to ensure that subsidies reduce costs […]

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Andrews Government sells Land Titles Office for a $32m p.a. loss

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The Andrews government have privatised the Land Titles Registry this week on a 40 year lease for sum of $2.86bn. The Government claim that this exercise is to “fund new schools, hospital and transport infrastructure.” Let us be clear, this sale does not fund a thing. State government assets are not magic money trees that […]

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Can Landlords Protest?

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Our latest enews. Enjoy. Change to tenancy laws. Can landlords protest? Guys, I have the BEST landlady. She lets me keep a cat; approves all maintenance requests in a jiffy; turns a blind eye to my unsanctioned use of 3M hooks… My real estate agent says she is the best landlord on his books. Amendments […]

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