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Taxi Licenses are Economic Rent

11 December 2012 Charging Victorian taxi license holders a stiff annual fee as Prof Allan Fels proposes should be welcomed by every citizen and immediately enacted by government, says Prosper Australia. “TaxiLink director Harry Katsianabis manages 160 taxi licenses...

Steer Around the GFC

15 November 2012 The mining investment boom that carried Australia though the Global Financial Crisis is declining rapidly and new engines of growth are urgently needed to steer around the ‘Controlled Depression’ that is driving the world into a spiral of misery...

Baillieu’s new Building Tax and Land Subsidy

29 August 2012 The Baillieu Government has deliberately failed in its reforms to the Fire Services Levy announced today. A charge on land and buildings will replace the levy on fire insurance and end the ‘free ride’ enjoyed by the uninsured. “The failure is one of...

House prices stagnate

The ABS Eight Capital Cities House Price Indexes 6416.0 released today shows the property market is totally stagnant with prices unmoved, says Prosper Australia. “Property spruikers calling ‘Bottom!’ based on this data – and they will be – are misleading...

Nobody wants a mortgage

11 July 2012 ABS Housing Finance data out today shows a 7.3 per cent fall in commitments to buy new-built houses in a singe month. This follows a 9.3 per cent fall the month before. “Established house price are now at such a discount to newly-built that buyers...

Giant Savings in Don’t Buy Now!

26 June 2012 Homebuyers who took Prosper Australia’s advice – Don’t Buy Now! – exactly five quarters ago have typically saved themselves $64,000 from the fall in property prices compared to someone who bought. Major land price falls mean a smaller mortgage, saving a...

Broadacre Land Prices To Fall Hard

13 June 2012 Victoria Planning Minister Matthew Guy has made big land price falls on Melbourne’s outskirts a certainty with his extension of the metropolitan boundary by around 7000 hectares. “The gaping chasm between developer supply and buyer demand has...