Taxing Compliance Tales

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photo credit: er1danus Julian Lewis writes in the Age’s The Inescapable Crunch of Taxing Times From prostitution to Pringles, tax officials want their bite. GERMAN tax officials recently proved nothing is sacred when it comes to taxation, laying claim to half the $17,900 earned by a teenage student who auctioned off her virginity last month […]

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Gittens: Speculative Behaviour Trumps Social Contract

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photo credit: jimjarmo Ross Gittens displays a neo-classical economist’s spectacular lack of understanding in today’s article Land Tax reform rehouses a flawed focus on rational. As every politician understands, people’s “revealed preference” is to have tax extracted from them in ways they are less conscious of and so feel less pain and resentment about. From […]

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Land Tax defence

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photo credit: arvindgrover Letter to the Age 29/06/09 The ups and downs Bryan Kavanagh Glen Waverly Re your page 1 headline about State land tax (Age 27/6). Our forecast in THE AGE Opinion Section on 11 March didn’t take long to materialise, did it? We said that the same property ‘investors’ (read speculators) who got […]

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Madden’s Economic Snubbery

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Planning Minister Justin Madden today writes about critics exhibiting cultural snobbery towards sprawling suburbs. He goes on to discuss the rationality behind last week’s expansion: Releasing land for homes in Melbourne’s west and north will allow for development where there is room, but not nearly as far out as some imagine…..Cranbourne in the east is […]

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Obama Rolls Over for Wall Street

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photo credit: tsevis Dr Michael Hudson as appeared on Global Research Dr Hudson will be touring Australia in October 09 The story is worse than just “Pres. Obama labored, and brought forth a mouse.” He is morphing into Joe Lieberman in reaching across the aisle for Republican support – and no doubt future campaign contributions […]

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Speed Renting tonight

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If you have a housing crisis of your own, Speed Renting is a fast paced event to widen your options. Who wants to be stuck indoors over winter with a dodgy home atmosphere prevailing? Meet over a dozen people who have either a spare room or are looking for a room. It’s a fun way […]

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Tax experts talk our way

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photo credit: ViaMoi Re the AFTS Tax Forum in Melbourne late last week, a number of articles came out highlighting points favourable to our cause. Tim Colebatch writes in Scrap Negative Gearing: The review, chaired by Treasury secretary Ken Henry, is due to deliver its report to the Government by the end of this year. […]

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Hudson on Iceland’s GFC

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Brumby panders to land bankers yet again

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photo credit: wellurban The Brumby-Madden announcement to increase Melbourne by the equivalent size of Canberra is exasperating. 100,000 vacant sites already exist in Melbourne in areas already serviced by infrastructure (according to the recent census). The government has failed us economically. The have failed us environmentally. The have failed on inter-generational equity too The social […]

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English Political Insights

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