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A farmer’s plea

  The Need for Economic Democracy by Mark Haywood   “Our planet is small at last, and we will not forever be able to seek prosperity in the impoverishment of others and the destruction of nature. Ecology compels us, finally, to ask if there is a decent...

If land prices escalate, wages must suffer

In an interesting article in the Fairfax media today, purporting to provide the truth about declining wages in Australia, Jessica Irvine and Adam Gartrell fail to mention that David Ricardo, Adam Smith, JS Mill and Henry George had all said that land rent needs to be...

Proposed removal of Site Value rating option

James Webster Parkdale, VIC 3195 March 7th 2018,   Dear DELWP, I object to key changes in the Local Government Act Review that undermine the revenue sovereignty of local Councils. I consider revenue sovereignty crucial to council’s political sovereignty. I...

Why universal basic income will fail

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...

HomesVic: An equity share of a broken housing market

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....

OECD tries to do the impossible

  3 January 2018 International Co-operation and Tax Administration Division OECD/CTPA Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,           Circumvention of Common Reporting Standards (CRS)   May I respectfully suggest that the OECD has set itself an impossible task in...