Scottish referendum a chance for resource sovereignty?

by on September 18, 2014

This week’s Scottish independence referendum is a challenge over the sovereign ownership of resources. Who should profit from nature’s endowment? At present barely 500 privileged families own half of the nation. Is this why the powers that be do not want independence? A fairer tax system, with Land Value Tax as the centrepiece, would be […]

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Hallelujah! The tax reform pathway becomes clear

by on September 12, 2014

An Australian political party has boldly stepped forward with a proposal to reform taxes to make housing affordable and end the destruction of tens of billions of dollars of taxpayers money in deadweight losses each and every year: that party is the Australian Labor Party.

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Shortage-sceptic Prosper Australia shocks Senate committee

by on September 11, 2014

  Prosper Australia shocked the Senate Economics Committee inquiry into Housing affordability with the view we have no supply constraints – because rents haven’t budged. They have been hearing from every vested interest that Supply! Supply!! Supply! is the key determinant. No, Prosper says, it is our very poor tax system. Nick Lenaghan at the […]

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New Aussie Mortgage Debt record

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New Aussie Mortgage Debt record – but why? Dont crowd out the investors!! by Renegadeeconomists on Mixcloud Philip Soos & David Collyer discuss their Senate Housing Affordability Inquiry presentation amidst the fast moving economic environment. Read their submission. During the show, prolific chartmaster Philip Soos discusses his latest number crunching, finding that the Australian debt […]

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Georgism: addressing root causes

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The hope behind band aids : a special on Henry George by Renegadeeconomists on Mixcloud The 7th birthday edition of the Renegade Economists paid tribute to the deep seated thinking behind Henry George’s writings. We discuss some of the many highlights to George with the Prosperity Paradox editor, Dr Mark Hassad. Read the book, a […]

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Prosper says easy credit, soft taxes fuel house bubble

by on September 9, 2014

Our Senate submission quoted extensively in the AFR today by NICK LENAGHAN Australia is facing a “land bubble” driven by cheap debt and a tax system that encourages property speculation, lobby group Prosper Australia has warned a Senate inquiry into ­housing affordability. The NGO group, which focuses on economic justice, called on the inquiry to […]

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John Freebairn: Treasurers Can’t Sell Reform

by on September 5, 2014

  The transcript from John Freebairn’s presentation at the 123rd annual Henry George Commemorative dinner. John Freebairn: Thank you Andy and Karl, ladies and gentlemen. So what I want to do today, tonight I guess, is make the argument why do we need to reform State taxes and in doing that I’m then going to […]

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Henry George—A Radical American Original

by on September 4, 2014

Henry George has been called the most original American economic thinker of the 19th Century.  He was a radical whose theories vied with those of Karl Marx for the allegiance of working people and thelabor movement.  He spearheaded a wildly popular movement that at its height was shaking American politics and influencing Populism and later Progressivism.  And chances are very, very good that you have never heard of him. George was […]

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E.J. Craigie Writing Award winner – Catherine Cashmore

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Some years ago, Prosper made a deliberate decision to join Australia’s economic debate, to advocate reform and contest poor policy wherever it rears its ugly head. To further this, we are proud to institute the E. J. Craigie Writing Award for the best Georgist article in the past year. E J Craigie was the independent […]

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Freebairn: engaging States in tax reform

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Press Release Last night Professor John Freebairn gave a passionate speech at the 123rd Annual Henry George Commemorative Dinner, on the difficulty of meaningful tax reform. “The problem is we don’t have a Paul Keating or a Peter Costello who is willing to spend a year or two to explain why the current system is […]

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