Emily Sims

The Monthly Discussion in November – Victoria votes!

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The Monthly Discussion in November – Victoria votes! What: Discuss + Debate + Drinks + Pizza When: Wednesday, November 7 Time: 6pm Cost: Free Come along to the Monthly Discussion in November for the Great Victorian Election Debate! We analyse the policies and the promises, the past record and the rhetoric, through the lens of […]

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Can Landlords Protest?

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Our latest enews. Enjoy. Change to tenancy laws. Can landlords protest? Guys, I have the BEST landlady. She lets me keep a cat; approves all maintenance requests in a jiffy; turns a blind eye to my unsanctioned use of 3M hooks… My real estate agent says she is the best landlord on his books. Amendments […]

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The Monthly Discussion – The beneficiary pays principle

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The Monthly Discussion – The Beneficiary Pays Principle What: Discuss + Debate + Drinks + Pizza When: Wednesday, August 1st Time: 6pm Cost: Free Is it fair that beneficiaries should pay, even if they do not voluntarily benefit? Is there such a thing as a fair tax, or are there only less and more fair […]

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The Monthly Discussion – June

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The Monthly Discussion – Tax policy plot twists What: Discuss + Debate + Drinks + Pizza When: Wednesday, June 6th Time: 6pm Cost: Free Name a tax that lowers the price? Name a tax designed to raise no revenue? How can we simultaneously encourage densification and decentralisation? Next week we’re joining the dots between taxation […]

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Will Company Tax Cuts Trickle Down or Trickle Up?

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By Catherine Cashmore The proposal to cut the company tax rate from 30% to 25% has received much media attention. We are repeatedly told it is needed to boost investment.  The rational follows that companies are more likely to invest in productivity if they don’t have to pay as much tax on their gross income.  It […]

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Trickle-Up Economics Report Launch

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  Speakers: Dr. Gavin Putland & Dr. Polly Cleveland Date: Wednesday, April 18 Time: 6pm Location:  Prosper Australia Level 1, 64 Harcourt Street, North Melbourne Company tax cuts are favoured by government, wage rises by the opposition. We all want a vibrant economy and the dignity of work. What if there was a policy transition that turned […]

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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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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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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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West Gate Tunnel: Critical Infrastructure or Game of Mates?

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One of the games in the Game of Mates is the Public-Private-Partnership. PPP projects such as Citylink in Melbourne and the Cross City Tunnel in Sydney are financed and built by private consortiums with high, ongoing returns guaranteed by the government. In terms of how we pay for infrastructure, PPPs are essentially an accounting trick. […]

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