Emily Sims

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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Introduction to Modern Monetary Theory

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An Introductory Course in Modern Monetary Theory When: Monday, January 16 & 23 Time: 6:30pm Where: 64 Harcourt St, North Melbourne Cost: Free Registration: email office@prosper.org.au Do you understand the monetary system? Want a deeper understanding of unemployment, inflation, fiscal policy and the banking system? Jesse Hermans will present an introductory course in Modern Monetary […]

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See I, Daniel Blake, talk about I, Daniel Blake

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When: Wednesday, 23rd November 6pm Where: Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn Tickets: $15  Join us for a screening of Ken Loach’s Palme D’Or winning drama, I, Daniel Blake, at Lido Cinemas Hawthorn Wednesday 23rd at 6pm. Set in contemporary Britain, the I, Daniel Blake describes the social inequality produced by uncaring neo-liberal economic policy, and its ‘blame the […]

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Join the team at Prosper!

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Prosper Australia is seeking expressions of interest for a researcher/campaigner. We need a talented individual with the character to drive change. We are a small NGO based in North Melbourne with a long history and an ambitious agenda. Join a team committed to advancing the common good through economic reform – armed with creativity, evidence and […]

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The Other Sydney Lockout

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Presenters: Karl Fitzgerald with Friendly Jordie
s Date: Tues June 28, 6.30 – 8pm Venue: Tortuga Studios, 31 Princes Highway, St Peters, 2044 Cost: $5 entry donation Sydney has been besieged by controversy over the lockout laws surrounding nightclubs. In the background, democratic pressures over the amalgamation of councils continues. But the big lockout is the […]

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“Land is the key to ending bad taxes” with Dr. Terry Dwyer

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When: Thursday 26 May at 6:30pm Where: Level 1, 64 Harcourt St North Melbourne Presenter: Dr. Terry Dwyer Tax reform is hard yet the benefits are great. Australia can no longer afford to delay structural reforms. The Panama papers controversy highlights the need for an immobile tax base and one that does not rely upon […]

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