The Monthly Discussion

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  Geo-libertarianism: Across the left-right divide When: Tuesday March 6 Time: 6pm Where: Level 1, 64 Harcourt St, North Melbourne Presenter: Ed Dodson (USA) Cost: Free. All welcome. Here is the video stream of the event. Excuse the skipping frames. Audio good!   Come along for the March instalment of our regular discussion night. If […]

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Prosper’s Victorian Budget submission

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Prosper Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the 2018- 2019 Victorian budget. This submission focuses on the role of State Land Tax (SLT) in the design of an effective policy response to the housing affordability crisis. Prosper welcomes the Victorian Government’s emphasis on housing affordability. Efforts to dampen speculative demand, such as the Vacant […]

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Why universal basic income will fail

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By Akhil Patel It has become popular to suggest a Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a solution to growing inequity. But in its current form UBI will be a total failure. Not because the idea is a bad one, but because it ignores the law of economic rent. The idea of a UBI has a […]

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America’s Tollbooth Future?

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The Trump administration has promoted the need to harness the windfall gains property owners enjoy when infrastructure is built in close proximity. The Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America includes the following section: C. Transit 1. Require Value Capture Financing as Condition of Receipt of Transit Funds for Capital Investment Grants (A) Federal programs […]

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Packer’s paradise: another land grab

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James Packer has teamed up with Robert de Niro to push an exclusive resort on the paradise island of Barbuda (Antigua). Our interviewee is Barbudan Teckla C Negga Melchior, who tells the story from the perspective of an anthropologist with a strong understanding of the process of law via her experiences at the United Nations. […]

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HomesVic: An equity share of a broken housing market

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Like most 30 somethings with a substantial HECS debt and an addiction to avocado on toast, I am an aspiring first home buyer. I’d love to buy the home I currently rent: a daggy 1960’s ‘six-pack’ flat on a main road in Footscray. It’s currently valued around $360,000. To put down a 20% deposit, I’d […]

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