Freeing up Speculative Land

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ALP policy will continue to subsidise developers over first home owners. The ALP’s new housing minister should look at freeing up the supply of privately held land (aka land banks) by using a Site Rental on all land. In response to the housing industry’s recent call for the freeing up of land, Prosper Australia’s Karl […]

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Land Supply Strangled by Speculators

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‘I Want to Live Here’ report release Earthsharing Australia today released the first I Want To Live Here Report, demonstrating the extent to which speculative vacancies are the key hidden issue in the housing affordability debate. The ‘I Want to Live Here’ report found that 1058 people could live on vacant sites within the Bluestone […]

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A Place to Live, Or a Place to Invest – Karl Williams

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Letter to the Age At last there is some openness from the property investor lobby! Caroline Lawrey, Housing Industry Association Victorian executive director, claimed that a property owner had the right to determine when and when it was developed (Age 16/11). With rising land values, leaving land idle and preventing its use by others causes […]

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How to Pay for Public Transport

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By Dr. Gavin R. Putland (revised June 12, 2003) In response to A Vision of Sustainable Transport in Queensland (Queensland Greens, February 2003) Summary Any new public transport service increases property values (or, more precisely, land values) along the route. The total increase in land values is consistently much larger than the fixed cost of […]

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Slavery

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It is suspected that the author is Mark Twain Suppose I am the owner of an estate and 100 slaves, all the land about being held in the same way by people of the same class as myself. It is a profitable business, but there are many expenses and annoyances attached to it. I must […]

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Can You See The Cat?

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By Fred E. Foldvary, Senior Editor, The Progress Report The daily cyberzine at http://www.progress.org/ A man was walking down a shopping street and came to a store window where there was a big drawing full of lines and squiggles. A sign by the drawing asked, “Can you see the picture?” All the man could see […]

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Reclaim the Commons

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A New Route to Social Equity: Henry George and the Science of Geonomics Caspar Davis Throughout the modern era there has been a near-constant struggle between the principles of social justice expressed by eighteenth century writers like Tom Paine and even Adam Smith, and the desire of the rich to monopolize both wealth and power. […]

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Land and Monopoly

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By Winston Churchill Speech given to the House of Commons Land monopoly is not the only monopoly, but it is by far the greatest of monopolies – it is a perpetual monopoly, and it is the mother of all other forms of monopoly. Unearned increments in land are not the only form of unearned or […]

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How Labor Lost Its Way

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By Clyde Cameron, AO Taken from a recent edition of the Progess magazine Editor: I recently received a gracious letter from the Hon. Clyde Cameron A.O. in which he offers for publication a long letter he wrote to a Queensland academic researching the roots of the Aust. Labor Party. In it, Clyde lays out in […]

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Bottling the Air

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By Mason Gaffney, Economics Professor, University of California, Riverside “Don’t you know that if people could bottle the air, they would? … there would be an American Air-Bottling Association… they would let millions die for want of breath, if they could not pay for the air.” — Robert G. Ingersoll Times have caught up with […]

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