Commentary

Individualism and collectivism reconciled

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Letter to the Editor AFR, 21/11 Aaron Patrick appears to rue the fact that Professor Joseph Stiglitz has moved beyond standard neo-classical economic theory in pointing out the flaws of monopoly-capitalism, and especially the now entrenched failure of this system to deliver a fair rate of wages to workers. Stiglitz is clearly very concerned about […]

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Is there anything to fear in Dan Andrews tax plans?

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Victoria is two weeks out from an election and finally somebody is talking revenue policy. The Liberals have launched a new website, in ominous shades of red and black, detailing the government’s taxation agenda. The website reveals Labors’ shocking new taxes (9) and their dastardly agenda to increase taxes. While the site is designed to […]

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The other vacancy report. New rental streams from excess car parking?

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According to the lovely Dr. Elizabeth Taylor over at RMIT, parking in Melbourne’s city centre now occupies the equivalent of 225 MCGs. The main reason for this bounty: minimum car parking requirements in the planning scheme. These requirements compel developers to provide a ratio of private car parks in all new developments. Cost for land […]

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Affordability runs on the board

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Dr Cameron Murray on actual housing affordability policy that works. A short video on two policies at least FOUR times more effective than the dominant paradigm of ‘build more houses’. These are excerpts from the 127th Annual Henry George Commemorative Dinner, where we launched Cameron’s Unspoken Alternatives to Expensive Housing. See the full speech and […]

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Post GFC: The Quest to Own the Future

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Christopher Burns First published in Progress Magazine #1124, this article is timely upon the ten year anniversary of the Global Financial Crisis. Please note the first graph when reading the many GFC related articles this week. Not content with blowing up the global economy in 2008, Wall Street quickly moved to extend its’ grasp on […]

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The 2018 EJ Craigie Award winner

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Last night Warwick Smith, Senior economist at Per Capita was awarded the EJ Craigie Writing Award for his piece The big spending Victorian state budget is built on Australia’s worst tax. Warwick quickly laid out the damaging effects of stamp duties and then moved on to show another innovative ACT policy move, with the transition […]

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127th Annual Henry George Dinner Address

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Cameron Murray gave the 127th annual dinner speech last night. Check his work at Fresh Economic Thinking Introductory remarks 1. To make health care affordable we broke this monopolistic market. We now spend over $100 billion to give everyone who needs it high-quality health care for free. 2. We could break the market in residential […]

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Challenging the Build-to-Rent momentum

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Edition 1124 of Progress Magazine is out with an investigation into the looming corporate influence over the rental market. The evidence coming in from the northern hemisphere is not pretty. Here is the editorial. Editorial We are pleased to announce that Dr Cameron Murray will be presenting our 127th Annual Henry George Commemorative Dinner: Housing […]

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Privatisation to cost Victoria $60m annually

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Prosper enjoyed the lead quote in an Age article “Inquiry scrutinises Land-titles selloff ahead of August sale” But land tax advocacy group Prosper Australia has told a parliamentary inquiry into the sale that the estimated $2 billion price reflected a yield of 6 per cent – a rate far above bond rates. Prosper researcher Jesse […]

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Land Titles Registry Inquiry

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Prosper Australia will be appearing at the Inquiry Into the Proposed Long Term Leasing of Land Titles and Registry Functions of Land Use Victoria (LUV). Time: 11am, Thursday July 5 Where: Meeting Room G2, 55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne Who: Karl Fitzgerald A number of transcriptions from previous witnesses, including key public servants, are […]

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