Letters to the Editor

Banking on Profits

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Letter to The Age October 10th, 2017 How ironic that boss Ian Narev is concerned that global wage growth has been “relatively weak” (‘CBA boss says sorry over ATM scandal’, The Age, 7/10). Adam Smith noted in Wealth of Nations that privatised land rent adds one-third to costs. (“This portion, or, what comes to the […]

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GST Wind Will Blow Turnbull Away

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Letters to the Editor AFR, November 9 Increasing the GST is such an ‘ill wind’ policy that it singularly has the capacity to blow even Mr Turnbull’s mojo into the doldrums and swing a Labor-Greens alliance into power (“Turnbull can win support for a GST rise, says Hewson”, AFR, November 4). The GST is anchored […]

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Abolish All Taxes

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Letter to the Editor Australian Financial Review Sept 1, 2015 Proponents of increasing either payroll tax or the GST are like Tweedledum and Tweedledee, dancing around and seeming to argue, yet holding hands (“Payroll tax surfaces as the next GST”, AFR August 28). If we get more payroll tax, we will have fewer jobs and […]

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The freeway to full employment

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LC_24 via Compfight Letter to the Editor Australian Financial Review June 18, 2015 ACCESS TO LAND FOR EVERYONE The member for Eden-Monaro, Dr Hendy, suggests it is “crazy” to change negative gearing or capital gains tax arrangements and  instead we should accept as a “fact of life” that more Australians will become renters, not homeowners (“Renting will […]

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Maintain Compulsory Voting

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Lynn Friedman via Compfight Letters to the Editor 14th May, 2015 Herald Sun Let’s hope those clamouring for election reform here take a good look at the UK result. One party now has 51% of the seats from 36.9% of the vote. As voting is voluntary, only 66.1% of those registered bothered to do so. […]

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In favour of Land Tax

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Letters to the Editor Bryan Kavanagh Glen Waverley 13.04.2015 The expected backlash to “A tax on land would be fair, efficient and unpopular” (Comment, 8/4) has arrived (Letters, 9 and 10/4). The wealthy will cry crocodile tears for asset-rich, income-poor people. Jessica Irvine did not say we should kick oldies out of their homes but […]

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Rents not Wages hurting small business

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Letter to the Editor Australian Financial Review 29/01/2015 Those urging cuts to penalty rates and minimum wages for working people remind me of the blind guides, in the biblical proverb, who strain at a gnat and yet would swallow a camel. Your story “Mates’ rates help Rosy’s cafe survive Australia Day penalty” (AFRJanuary 27) demonstrates […]

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An unfair advantage

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Letters to the Editor The Age 25/08/2014 The seemingly inevitable slide towards the haves and the have-nots in home ownership is inevitable if nothing changes. Our approach to funding the needs of the state encourages and disproportionately rewards speculative (non-productive) activity and discourages (taxes) effort and investment in productive capital (value adding). When unearned income […]

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GST Inequity Obvious

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Letters to the Editor As published in the AFR April 7th It is absurd to say switching from income tax to GST improves work incentives. Consumption equals income minus savings. A 20% GST is much the same as a 20% flat rate income tax with no tax-free threshold but with unlimited superannuation deductions. But it’s […]

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Water – Beneficiary Should Pay

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Letters to the Editor Australian Financial Review LAND BENEFITS The comment by Marcus Spiller (AFR 3-5 January, Our cities should be allowed to water their own green shoots) on why per kl charging for water was better than “property” taxes nicely illustrates what is wrong with the teaching of economics and economic history in Australia. […]

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