Senate Inquiry soon

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The enews of Prosper & Earthsharing Australia
October 2015

Office Manager role still available

After some entertaining interviews, we still haven’t found what we’re looking for. One of our favourite members rang last Friday to say ‘these jobs only come up once every 20 years’, so get your application in now! The urgency is prevalent as I, Jess Wright, office manager have booked flights for November 20. We are looking to hold interviews over the next week to enact the handover training asap. Already a number of excellent candidates have applied so our luck is bound to be better this time. Here is an extract from the new listing:

It’s an exciting time to join Prosper, our media profile is rapidly growing and the radical economic reforms we advocate for are making their way into the national conversation.

Your core responsibility will be the overall management of the administration, bookkeeping and membership of Prosper. Your high level communication skills will be used to correspond with our members, produce our fortnightly e-news and get involved on social media.

For the right candidate there’s the opportunity to advance your bookkeeping skills with training from a chartered accountant. There is also scope for plenty of variety in the role – your IT and design skills could contribute to our quarterly journal, or you might like to help with our weekly radio show.

Apply now. Full position description available.

Senate Inquiry: Infrastructure Financing

Thurs November 5, 1.30 – 2.30pm
Parliament House Room G1, Ground Floor, 55 Street Andrews Place, East Melbourne
Select Committee into the Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures
– Chair Sen Peter Which-Wilson, Sam Dastiyari and Senator Anne Urqhuart will be in attendance
Speakers: Karl Fitzgerald, Project Director, Catherine Cashmore, Speculative Vacancies author

Following Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s advocacy on the need to utilise Land Value Capture as a means to finance infrastructure, some fast paced lobbying opened up new avenues. A meeting with Senator Peter Whish-Wilson soon followed and this inquiry presentation availed. We thank those supporters who wrote to Malcolm Turnbull and related MPs on the need for value capture following our last enews. These are exciting times for the movement. Your support is appreciated. The general public can attend the hearing.

Recent news items continue to support this policy shift with the rezoning windfalls becoming more and more obvious to commentators as highlighted in Monopoly Rents on Notice, where you will find an informative interview with Value Capture expert Rick Rybeck from Just Economics, Washington DC.

Quotable Collyer 

Policy Director David Collyer is in fine form with a couple of notable blog posts Mike Nahan – the Roo in the Headlights and from Australia Cries Aorta we quote:

“Aorta deregulate!”

“Aorta fund schools!

“Aorta cut taxes!”

“Aorta build roads!

Consider our public hospitals – which always seem in crisis, despite the good outcomes and the rivers of gold poured into them.

‘The feds don’t give us enough money,’ the States say.

‘The states mis-spend the billions and billions we give them,’ the Commonwealth retorts.

The lack of accountability for this fundamental and expensive service drives voters nuts. Citizens wanting to change either the poor service or high cost are going to vote… For who? At which level?

Every politician is cloaked in an alibi of voter confusion.

Read more and keep an eye on the Don’t Buy Now facebook group where David posts incessantly, entertaining the audience with grabs like “Dog box fever hits Brisbane, with many slum applications – sizes down to 22m2. Not enough space to drown a puppy. Are they mad? Don’t Buy Now!”

 

“Aorta deregulate!”

“Aorta fund schools!

“Aorta cut taxes!”

“Aorta build roads!

Consider our public hospitals – which always seem in crisis, despite the good outcomes and the rivers of gold poured into them.

‘The feds don’t give us enough money,’ the States say.

‘The states mis-spend the billions and billions we give them,’ the Commonwealth retorts.

The lack of accountability for this fundamental and expensive service drives voters nuts. Citizens wanting to change either the poor service or high cost are going to vote… For who? At which level?

Every politician is cloaked in an alibi of voter confusion.

– See more at: https://www.prosper.org.au/2015/10/27/australia-cries-aorta/#sthash.kGSbrWKT.dpuf

“Aorta deregulate!”

“Aorta fund schools!

“Aorta cut taxes!”

“Aorta build roads!

Consider our public hospitals – which always seem in crisis, despite the good outcomes and the rivers of gold poured into them.

‘The feds don’t give us enough money,’ the States say.

‘The states mis-spend the billions and billions we give them,’ the Commonwealth retorts.

The lack of accountability for this fundamental and expensive service drives voters nuts. Citizens wanting to change either the poor service or high cost are going to vote… For who? At which level?

Every politician is cloaked in an alibi of voter confusion.

– See more at: https://www.prosper.org.au/2015/10/27/australia-cries-aorta/#sthash.kGSbrWKT.dpuf

Next Event

Saturday November 7th, 9 – 11.30am
Presenter: Karl Fitzgerald
Oases Graduate School, Hawthorn
Cost: $30/$20 concession including breakfast

Karl Fitzgerald has recently returned from a tour of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit and New York analysing real estate speculation and its effect on housing affordability. Not content with mortgage based derivatives; Wall St has a new product sweeping the world – derivatives in the rental market. The corporatisation of the rental sector is looming, just as China’s real estate sector falters.

With so many global cities already back in bubble territory, Karl will discuss how such profiteering undermines economic resilience. What pressures will these macro trends place on liveability and wellbeing, the human costs to the commodification of a place called home?

Is Melbourne, the world’s ‘most liveable city’ able to adapt in changing times? Together we will contemplate what can be done to ensure the benefits flow to the community, and not primarily real estate investors.

Book now! Some video footage from the tour will be part of the morning.

Karl recently participated in a panel at Blindside art gallery on Quarter Acre: What Happened to the Great Australian Dream that will be broadcast on Renegade Economists radio soon.

OK well that’s a wrap. Thanks for all your support, we are settling in well to our new office at 64 Harcourt St, North Melbourne. Pictures soon, new reports too.

Jess Wright,
Office Manager

 

 

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