Letters to the Editor

Unbiased Policy Advice Needed – Keith Thomas

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Crikey Re. “The crisis in our housing markets” (yesterday, item 2). David Imber is right to point to the self-seeking publicity from the real estate industry. I’d like to add that the emotional term “home” and the more neutral one “house” disguise the fact that the largest component in domestic property prices is often the […]

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Taxing Times – Dr Gavin Putland

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Canberra Times The ACT Opposition would have us believe that land tax reduces the supply of rental housing. How so? The tax is on the land, not the housing. The land can’t run away to escape the tax. The owners can’t escape the tax except by selling the land, and the resulting pressure to sell […]

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Land Based Wealth An Illusion

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The Age Dear editor, Alan Moran (The Age, August 3, “Land-based wealth an illusion”) has it partially right. He correctly claims that inflationary pressures provide the impetus for interest rate pressures. He also correctly claims that there is a disparity between supposed wealth levels and savings levels, most of which is due to a monstrously […]

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Land Tax Changes Shameful

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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 […]

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