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Reform Agenda Machinations

Published as The Planned Obsolescence of the Public Interest in Online Opinion A fascinating power play continues in the debate over vertical fiscal imbalance. The strategic intent is prevalent from federal to local politics, where the health of the public revenue...

Rates Cap to Continue Vicious Circle

“Victorian Labor’s capping of local council rates plays straight into the hands of Tony Abbott’s pro-GST revenue centralisation agenda” stated Prosper Australia Project Director Karl Fitzgerald. “The integrity of Victoria’s local council rating independence was dealt...
Infrastructure Australia to be Bolder

Infrastructure Australia to be Bolder

Cross-posted from the Australian Financial ReviewThe federal government’s infrastructure advisory body is facing criticism for stepping back from an ambitious reform agenda outlined little more than a year ago, with its latest audit silent on road user charges,...

Local Government Rates Primer

Overview: Rating Systems Rates raised on local properties are the primary way in which local councils in Australia collect revenue in order to deliver community services. In Victoria councils are currently able to choose from three different systems for determining...

Value Capture Verve

Prosper’s recent value capture submission answered pressing questions, an indication of how deeply the Department of Infrastructure is considering this vital funding mechanism. Read the department’s Value Capture discussion paper for an insight into their...

Can the Senate address housing affordability

By Catherine Cashmore Reposted from Macrobusiness In the final hours of Federal Parliament for 2013, Labor Senator Jan McLucas succeeded in establishing an inquiry by the Economics References Committee, in addressing Australia’s growing housing affordability crisis,...

Value Capture – a historical perspective

Public transport boosts land values, as areas become more liveable, accessible and productive and thereby more attractive to buyers. Summary Land Value Capture (LVC) is an innovative and efficient means of funding the infrastructure that our cities need, by harnessing...