So the State government is now facing a shortfall of $600 million dollars for schools in needy areas following the decision not to sell the Snowy Hydro (The Age, June 3, “Howard’s Snowy Meltdown”). But from where is the State government going to get the money from? One obvious avenue is to renege on the […]
The City of Moreland’s recent decision to quadruple rates on vacant land (as seen in the Sunday Age’s Anger grows over City Bombsites (29/04/06) must have assisted in the decision to sell the huge Kodak factory site in Coburg (p22 The Age 1/07/06), which had been vacant since 2004.
Herald Sun Dear Ms. Freegard, I read with interest your report on May 26 (“Push to ease land tax pain”) in the Herald Sun. As of course you would be aware, there is always two sides to every story, and the Property Council of Australia is an organisation which benefits from higher land prices. As […]
Our Hardware Lane premises have received a number of new books recently including: Phil Day’s “Hijacked Inheritance” Mark Braund’s “The Possibility of Progress” Fred Harrison’s insightful “Wheels of Fortune” Friends are encouraged to visit our extensive library where Geonomics Newsletters such as “The Geonomist” & “Groundswell” are available to borrow. We also have periodical magazines […]
Alanna Hartzok’s Earth Rights Democracy Tour overview Over 12 talks and 450 plus people heard Alanna’s core message – “We all have an equal right and a birth right to the Earth. The earth has a biological & ecological right to its future too. We are promoting a new form of property rights where what […]
If you own a piece of land, the State government wants to know. Why? Because you expect the government to enforce your exclusive right to occupy or let that land. Moreover, as the total supply of land is fixed, it is a matter of public interest that you are depriving other people of a certain […]
By Gavin R. Putland It has been claimed that all Federal taxes, which together amount to more than 25 percent of GDP, could be replaced by a 2 percent turnover tax. How so? Because the low tax rate would be applied many times on the way to the consumer, so that the final price would […]
Spin: The venerable D&J Evans Hardware store was unable to pay its $120,000 land tax bill. So it would be forced to close and 32 employees would lose their jobs [Russell Skelton, “Soaring Land Tax Costs Jobs, Investment”, Sunday Age, Nov.21, 2004]. Reality: The big news was buried in a subordinate clause further down the […]