Land Banking Profits during a Housing Supply Crisis – Englobo 2014

by on October 31, 2014

by David Collyer Policy Director Land in Australia should be dirt cheap.  All levels of government must explicitly recognise outstanding access to land for all is a key national advantage that simply cannot be imitated by other countries.  For state governments, close scrutiny of planning and a review of exemptions from State Land Tax are […]

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Englobo, Speculative Vacancies, the Wealth Illusion

by on October 29, 2014

Having trouble reading this newsletter? View it online. THE ENEWS OF PROSPER & EARTHSHARING AUSTRALIA OCTOBER 2014  Englobo 2014 Report Launch – tomorrow night  Thursday, October 30th, 6.30 – 8pm Level 2, 22 Punch Lane, Melbourne Presenter: David Collyer RSVP, donations appreciated We hope you will join us tomorrow evening as David Collyer launches Englobo 2014 […]

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How to get the states on board federal reform

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By Leith van Onselen The AFR’s Alan Mitchell has written a solid piece prognosticating about the best tax reform options to reform Australia’s federation. Predictably, Mitchell mentions raising/broadening the GST in exchange for lower income taxes, which according to the OECD could produce a long-term increase of almost 1% in Australia’s GDP in the event of […]

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Land windfalls provide wealth illusion

by on October 23, 2014

As published on The Drum. Our houses can’t make us all rich By Warwick Smith PHOTO: Increases in house prices are only really beneficial to those who own more than one house.(Reuters: David Gray) While a recent report might suggest Aussies are the richest people in the world because of high house prices, the reality […]

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Englobo Report Launch, Thursday October 30th

by on October 20, 2014

Thursday, October 30th 6.30 – 8pm Level 2, 22 Punch Lane, Melbourne Presenter: David Collyer RSVP, donations appreciated Join us for the launch of David Collyer’s investigations into the land holdings of Australia’s largest property developers. Englobo 2014 – Land Banking Profits during a Housing Supply Crisis is set to be an explosive report – just how […]

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Property saves the Victorian Budget

by on October 16, 2014

Republished with kind permission from By Leith van Onselen The Victorian Government has released its 2013-14 Annual Financial Report, which revealed a $2 billion surplus in 2013-14 – the largest Budget surplus recorded for the state in 15 years. The result smashed the $935 million surplus forecast in the May budget, and was driven […]

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Australia’s Addiction to Private Debt

by on October 15, 2014

    by Philip Soos and Paul D. Egan A perennial and divisive issue in politics and economics today is the matter of public debt. It is commonly asserted that rising public debt threatens the economy and needs to be reined in. Governments are often portrayed as ‘irrational’ actors when they incur a fiscal deficit, […]

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Sen Xenophon put on notice by affordability petition, follow up

by on October 13, 2014

Cross posted from the Rational Radical By Matt Ellis Last week I had the opportunity to speak to Senator Nick Xenophon about our petition against his plans to allow first home buyers to use superannuation funds for housing deposits. It seems he had at least taken some small notice of the widespread criticism of such […]

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Think Tank Times

by on October 10, 2014

Think Tanks Blow Public Opinion: Prof Michael Hudson on the most influential US think tanks by Renegadeeconomists on Mixcloud Subscribe to the weekly Renegade Economists podcast Transcript Renegade Economists October 1, 2014: DOUBLETHINK TANKS, TAR SANDS, WATER & IMPERIALISM. Karl Fitzgerald: This week on the Renegade Economists we’re joined by Professor Michael Hudson, the author […]

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Infrastructure Recycling Code for Insider Pleasing

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Part of our Evolving Economics Enews Series, our fortnightly’ish update on our latest news, views and events. Sign up!   Steve Wall Value Capture Privatisation Agenda  The Federal Government's $5billion infrastructure recycling program continues with governments lining up to sell off the crown jewels. Our leaders are adamant such privatisations (even if for extended leases) […]

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