Our Policy

2019 Federal election policy comparison

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The 2019 Federal Election is only a few days away… But how can you maximise your vote to shift the tax system away from unproductive rent seeking? Which parties have the best policies to deter land speculation, and reduce wealth inequality from inflated land prices? Prosper has produced a brief policy scorecard for parties with […]

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The Economy Made Easy

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Bryan Kavanagh’s new report on the state of the real estate cycle, in light of the latest Kavanagh-Putland Index. The Economy Made Easy from Prosper Australia Background – See the latest edition of Progress where Bryan includes his findings in ‘The Truth About High Land Prices‘.

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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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Transcript – Inquiry into the Long-Term Lease of the Land Titles Registry

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5 July 2018 TRANSCRIPT: STANDING COMMITTEE ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING Inquiry into the proposed long-term lease of land titles and registry functions of Land Use Victoria Members Mr David Davis — Chair Dr Samantha Ratnam Witnesses Mr Karl Fitzgerald (affirmed), Project Director, and Mr Jesse Hermans (affirmed) Administrative Assistant and Researcher, Prosper Australia. The […]

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Submission on the Privatisation of Land Use Victoria

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Submission to the Standing Committee on the Environment and Planning Inquiry into the proposed long-term lease of land titles and registry functions of Land Use Victoria June 22, 2018 To Mr. David Davis (Chair): Prosper Australia is Melbourne-based not-for-profit engaged in research and advocacy. Our primary focus is on the political economy of land and […]

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Trickle Up Economics: The Report

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Assessing the impact of privatized land rent on economic growth by Gavin R. Putland   Executive Summary This report investigates the relationship of the land rent share of GDP with economic growth. Since the Second World War, there has been a negative correlation between Australia’s total land price and the rate of economic growth. The […]

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Prosper’s Northern Territory Revenue Submission

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The Northern Territory Government’s Revenue Discussion paper submissions have come to a close. Prosper’s Submission focuses on supporting the NT Government in shifting towards a broad based Land Value Tax and further improving existing Royalty arrangements. The submission is briefly summarised below. Facilitate the shift from Stamp Duty to Land Tax Stamp duties The NT […]

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Prosper’s Victorian Budget submission

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Prosper Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the 2018- 2019 Victorian budget. This submission focuses on the role of State Land Tax (SLT) in the design of an effective policy response to the housing affordability crisis. Prosper welcomes the Victorian Government’s emphasis on housing affordability. Efforts to dampen speculative demand, such as the Vacant […]

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Prosper’s 2018-19 Federal Prebudget submission

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The debate over tax policy in Australia has reached fairly mediocre levels. The best the Federal Government can muster is a company tax cut, which they intend to by stealth replace with income tax via bracket creep. Meanwhile the natural bounty of land is ever increasing in price via debt leveraging and population growth, worsening […]

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Prosper’s PRRT submission

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by Dr Cameron Murray Summary 1. Successful reforms of oil and gas resource taxation that reclaim the public’s rightful share of resource rents will be vigorously contested with extensive lobbying and campaigning. The oil and gas industry is also likely to challenge effective tax changes in the courts. If such industry actions do not occur, […]

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