David Collyer

The fragrant vagrant is not a rose by another name

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Melbourne City Council is wringing its hands again over developer land vagrancy – prime sites deliberately held vacant or with disused, dangerous buildings to assist developer lobbying of government for rezoning or advantageous building permits. The issue last hit the news when a wall collapsed at the old CUB site in Swanston Street in 2013 […]

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The Metricon Judgement

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In March last year, the NSW Supreme Court set aside the NSW Office of State Revenue’s assessment for land tax in 2009-13 on certain lands at Terranora in the Tweed Valley held by Metricon. The developer bought the $60m aggregation to subdivide for residential use. It side-stepped a land tax liability of around $1.2m per […]

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The bank cartel has a new enemy

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The federal Treasurer Scott Morrison used parliament yesterday to fire an extraordinary broadside at Australia’s banking cartel. Conservative governments rarely indulge in the public thrashing of such major supporters of the status quo. Morrison and the Turnbull government are absolutely furious with the big 4 banks and Macquarie for their brazen pursuit of self-interest at […]

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Gladys can’t handle the heat – NSW fire reforms go up in flames

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The NSW government is reneging on the small, high quality reform of funding emergency services with a land charge instead of the very bad levy on fire insurance. Blue-rinse dragons of Mosman saw red – they will be paying $500 a year on median land values of $1.84 million while scumbag Fairfield holders with a […]

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Mozambique model creates jobs and food… can this work in South Africa?

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by Peter Meakin South African Constitutional Property Rights Foundation Will Minister Gigaba encourage the trafficking of South Africa’s unemployed to Mozambique? Realistically, the best chance for South Africa’s 8.5 million jobless is a single bus ticket to Maputo. Work prospects there are unlimited because access to fertile land is free. That alone is a treasure […]

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Reading tea-leaves won’t help – look at the tax bases

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Cameron Kushner of CoreLogic has offered an interesting analysis of property tax bases in Taxation Revenue From Property Continues to Climb. Tax bases reveal more about a country’s future prospects than Treasury forecasts and economist sooth-saying. Where and how it taxes is the single most important tool government has to foster national prosperity. It is […]

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The young can’t count; the young don’t matter

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Last night’s federal budget included a fat gift to downsizing homeowners over 65 who can now put up to $300,000 from their house sale into superannuation, allowing many to keep their (part) pension and, most importantly, unlimited free healthcare. This stunning generosity to the asset-rich is in striking contrast to the Turnbull government’s behavior toward […]

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Victoria gets annual land valuations

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The Andrews government has announced State Land Tax will be calculated annually rather than every two years, a painless inexpensive reform Prosper urges all states to adopt. The Valuer-General’s assessment is used to calculate council rates and land tax. Valuers today use computer-assisted mass appraisal to determine what land is worth, so upgrading the biennial […]

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But… But Rents only go up! Don’t they?

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Lindsay David and Philip Soos at LF Economics demonstrate real rents are falling across the country, except in Hobart. This is only possible with falling wages, weak demand and excess housing supply. Little landlords have no compunction about evicting bolshie tenants – but they will now be doing everything possible to keep good-paying renters. Very […]

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Missing the point on corruption

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by Dr Cameron Murray reposted from macrobusiness On Friday 28th April I am appearing and Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission’s Operation Belcarra as an expert witness on relationships between councillors and property developers, and how that leads to favouritism. A narrow focus What is interesting from my perspective is how narrow the focus of the […]

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