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How much is a politician’s skin worth?

  The IMF has added its voice to the calls for Australia to reform how we tax ourselves to be more productive, fairer and better placed to manage the headwinds ahead. Its annual consultation report with the Australian government says: “Stamp duties should be...

Will Rents rise under Labor?

The proper function of the property industry is to keep the productive economy housed as cheaply as possible, so that investment in future production is not crowded out by the cost of occupying space — that is, by the cost of mere existence. To serve this purpose, the...

Individualism and collectivism reconciled

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...

Is there anything to fear in Dan Andrews tax plans?

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...

Affordability runs on the board

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...

Post GFC: The Quest to Own the Future

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...

The 2018 EJ Craigie Award winner

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...