Duty to supply housing – Dr Gavin R. Putland

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Letter to the Herald Sun Monday Jan 28th, 2008 It is appropriate that the surge in Melbourne home prices has rekindled debate on stamp duty, but not at all appropriate that the discussion has focused on the size of the duty instead of its base. Stamp duty is a transfer tax on the total value […]

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Give the manufacturer a chance – David Barkly

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submitted to the Age on January 22nd, 2008 Dear Editor, Martin Feil and Ernest Rodeck in “The debt penalty: a matter of great import to all Australians” (Opinion, 21/1) express concern at the accumulation of foreign debt, partly due to two decades of buying foreign goods instead of Australian. It is often said that we […]

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Speculative land rationing our opportunity

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Property lobby pushes all the usual red herrings whilst ignoring the speculative causes to affordability pressures. Demographia International’s new report on housing affordability again pushes the “unending sprawl forever” mantra. Report author Wendell Cox rolled out all the usual criticisms of land rationing, infrastructure charges and bureaucratic tape. “The effect of unending sprawl is to […]

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True History of Monopoly the Boardgame

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Read this PBS transcript on Monopoly’s original intention to teach about the dangers of land monopoly. Understand how the world’s most popular boardgame was subverted to teach young people the opposite to the games original intent. It is interesting that not more people have twigged that something is wrong in the land game when most […]

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Canberra’s Leasehold Land System

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by Leo Foley The primary source for this paper is “Canberra in Crisis” by Frank Brennan, 1971 The Road to Leasehold – the origins of the Canberra leasehold system.. Canberra is the offspring of politics and a social ideal. The politics were those of Federation and nation making. The ideal was one of social and […]

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The Comics of Economics

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7pm, January 10th, Horses Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street Be part of a world first as international comedian Ross Ashcroft (London) delivers his first geonomics based comedy routine! Yes its time we took the mickey out of our two dimensional economic system and laid it bare for all its worth. Ross runs the Magdala Comedy […]

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