The good ol’ boys clean up

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Fairfax’s Michael Pascoe writes today about Murray & Frijters’ study Clean Money in a Dirty System: Relationship Networks and Land Rezoning in Queensland which found politically connected developers gained $410 million through favourable rezoning decisions in Brisbane in the years 2007-2012. Cameron Murray and Paul Fijters of University of Queensland comprehensively scoured records and assembled […]

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Freebairn & Stewart: Let’s talk tax.

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Professors John Freebairn and Miranda Stewart have penned an opinion piece today in The Age with a welcome call for state tax reform that could save taxpayers tens of billions every year. Most taxes carry deadweight losses – value destroyed as behaviour is distorted to avoid paying tax or make un-taxed alternatives more attractive. There […]

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Land rents with Thai rice

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by Phillip Anderson, Editor of Cycles, Trends and Forecasts Events around the world don’t happen in a vacuum. They have causes. They’re usually linked back to rent and the corruption and self serving nature of government. Indeed, the biggest problem around the world is now government. Or rather, the people it produces who govern us. […]

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Tax State Resilience

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A transcript of Professor Miranda Stewart’s presentation to the 124th Annual Henry George Commemorative Dinner. Listen as you flick through the powerpoint, then reiterate with the transcript. The Q & A is included in the audio only. Read about the EJ Craigie Award winner, Matt Ellis. Tax State Resilience – 124th Annual Henry George Commemorative […]

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Dan Tehan wants to end Stamp Duty – for a big new GST???

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MHR Dan Tehan (Liberal, Wannon) had an op-ed in today’s Australian Financial Review, States dragging their heels on tax reform, criticising them for clinging to very bad taxes, notably Stamp Duty on property conveyancing. “Home buyers across the country are still being slogged $16 billion each year in stamp duty. If you’re looking to take […]

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Victoria to cap the single best tax base available

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The Andrews government is capping local governments rate rises to CPI after fifteen years of six per cent rises in a low inflation environment. Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins’ Fair Go Rates System, administered by the Essential Services Commission, will crack the whip over naughty spendthrift councils. The ESC has released its draft report […]

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Best Georgist Writer 2015

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The 124th Annual Henry George Commemorative dinner saw the EJ Craigie award for best Georgist writing given to Matt Ellis for his arresting piece on The housing crash we had to have: A Gen Y perspective on the bubble. Matt Ellis has been an outstanding writer over the year with a number of eye catching […]

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Abolish All Taxes

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Letter to the Editor Australian Financial Review Sept 1, 2015 Proponents of increasing either payroll tax or the GST are like Tweedledum and Tweedledee, dancing around and seeming to argue, yet holding hands (“Payroll tax surfaces as the next GST”, AFR August 28). If we get more payroll tax, we will have fewer jobs and […]

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