ABC Fact Checker on Renegades

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Ben Phillips (ANU), one of Australia’s leading econometricians, joined the Renegade Economists radio show last week to discuss his report Regional Housing Supply & Demand. The report held a critical lense up to the ubiquitous supply side argument. Is it really the most effective housing affordability tool? We also discussed the future of economic modeling […]

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Does taxing investors drive up the rent?

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The Productivity Commission’s recent five year review, “Shifting the Dial”, brings the welcome recommendation of a shift from stamp duties to a broad-based land tax. Stamp duty is a dud tax from the economist’s point of view; it doesn’t achieve an obvious redistribution goal and is a disincentive to downsizers. Land value taxes by contrast, […]

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From capitalism to rentierism?

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Taxes on wages in Australia were fairly minimal until WWII, since which time they’ve been ratcheted up significantly. Federal taxes before the war consisted mainly of customs and excise charges and the federal land tax, introduced in 1910. The States and municipalities also levied land-based taxes. These played an important part in the development of […]

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A Land Tax for the Top End?

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Amid recent GST distribution cuts of $400m p.a. (about 12% of revenue) and a flagging property market, the Northern Territory Government is facing severe fiscal challenges. The NT is the most stamp duty reliant government in the federation, and has been hard hit an inevitable correction in its housing market. Annual dwelling (predominantly land) prices […]

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Australia’s economic trajectory

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An article has been doing the rounds – House of Cards – by Matt Burnie and Craig Tindale, that we highly commend. Rarely do articles array so much data in devastating order. There must be over 100 links highlighting the risky nature of our economic miracle from one industry after the other. Whilst the authors […]

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Where we failed: a telling chart

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  In his paper American Government Finance in the Long Run: 1790 to 1990 (Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol 14, Number 1) John Joseph Wallis demonstrates that US government finance experienced three separate phases:- Asset Finance Phase 1790 to 1842, where state-driven infrastructure and legal support for banks and companies were a priority. Development was financed from land sales, […]

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What Australian really wants to lower house prices?

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by Jesse Hermans In an AFR op-ed this week , the Federal Member for Banks, David Coleman asks, “What Australian really wants lower house prices?” Australian’s are obsessed with housing, he writes. Everyone is piling into bricks and mortar. The value of property is three times the value of superannuation! The value of all Australian land […]

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National land prices up $594 billion

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MEDIA RELEASE Wage growth suffers from record increase in Australian land prices. “The $593.7 billion uplift in land prices announced today is thirty times larger than total banking profits. The average annual gain has been around $180 billion, so to have an increase some $400 billion higher than normal shows just how much money has […]

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Banking on Profits

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Letter to The Age October 10th, 2017 How ironic that boss Ian Narev is concerned that global wage growth has been “relatively weak” (‘CBA boss says sorry over ATM scandal’, The Age, 7/10). Adam Smith noted in Wealth of Nations that privatised land rent adds one-third to costs. (“This portion, or, what comes to the […]

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The Queen’s Land Rent

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Phillip Anderson’s recent speech to Prosper’s 126th dinner provided this enticing talking point. Read more on the ramifications of such leadership.

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