Karl Fitzgerald

Senator Day calls out land bankers

by Karl Fitzgerald on August 1, 2014

Finally a Senator has said it, on the front page of the Australian Financial Review: Senator Day described sections of the property industry as “carpet-bagging, rent-seeking bootleggers” who used political donations to wield ­influence to restrict land supply and drive up prices of high- and medium-density apartments. He likened the relationship between the property industry […]

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ABC Radio, Apartment Gluts and Competitive Forces

by Karl Fitzgerald on February 25, 2014

This morning I was interviewed by ABC (radio) news regarding Planning Minister Matthew Guy’s ‘Super Tuesday’. The questions focused on “the largest number of private residential permits made on one day by the state government”. Will they make a difference? I pointed to the mass of apartments built in Melbourne over the last five years. […]

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Property Drip Feeding Slips Under the ACCC’s Radar

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“We support ACCC’s drive to contest price gouging but express concern the ACCC focus on online sales is a mere detail compared to what is happening under our feet in the land game.” Prosper Australia Project Director Karl Fitzgerald said today “The global property bubble is accelerating in dozens of countries. The few agencies monitoring […]

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Perma-Nomics @ the SLF

by Karl Fitzgerald on February 5, 2014

As we build up for another year of inspiring conversation at the Earthsharing stall at the Sustainable Living Festival (Feb 14 – 16), put this presentation in your calender: PERMA-NOMICS CAN THE 12 PRINCIPLES OF PERMACULTURE BE PARAPHRASED INTO A NEW ECONOMICS? Friday Feb 14th, 5 – 6pm Birrung Mar Event map Today’s ‘divide and […]

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Steer Around the GFC

by David Collyer on November 15, 2012

15 November 2012 The mining investment boom that carried Australia though the Global Financial Crisis is declining rapidly and new engines of growth are urgently needed to steer around the ‘Controlled Depression’ that is driving the world into a spiral of misery – country by country. “Tax reform is something we can do by ourselves, […]

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Don’t Buy Now! Public Forum

by Karl Fitzgerald on June 13, 2012

HOW THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN DREAM BECAME A NIGHTMARE Thursday July 19th, 7pm Northcote Town Hall Presenters: David Collyer, Karl Fitzgerald 189 High Street Northcote Young adults have ugly housing choices: pay rent to a tinpot landlord or spend their working life repaying debt on a house not worth having. We suffered alone, convinced we are […]

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Alternative Outlook on Austerity, Sales Tax

by Karl Fitzgerald on June 8, 2012

This post was adapted from our e-news service. Sign up on the right hand side of the home page for a bi-monthly email. These certainly are exciting times to be advocating an alternative economic framework. We see thoughout the EU failing economies where tax systems allow the wealthy to siphon money out of the economy, […]

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Why Does Land Cost the Earth?

by Karl Fitzgerald on March 15, 2012

Our film Real Estate 4 Ransom is now available online Real Estate 4 Ransom from Real Estate 4 Ransom on Vimeo. More details.

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No Reform – Paradise Postponed

by David Collyer on October 4, 2011

photo credit: Steve – wants a job at Chester Zoo MELBOURNE and CANBERRA:- Australians had high hopes the Tax Forum would herald the end of taxes that distort and diminish economic activity as Ken Henry recommended. Sadly, these hopes have been dashed, says Prosper Australia. “Citizens are taxed too much – especially the income tax […]

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Right of Reply – R4R in Fairfax

by Karl Fitzgerald on September 5, 2011

Our documentary was reviewed on Friday in Real Estate 4 Ransom by Age property journalist Chris Vedelago. It was the most read Domain article nationally over the weekend. We have received hundreds of emails from people eager to see the film. We are doing our best to get it out there. In a generally positive […]

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