Indigenous Land Rights
The idea of land ownership was brought to Australia with the colonial European powers. Australia is a colonised state, so when we talk about land we have to acknowledge the traditional inhabitants and the land rights they deserve. Prosper’s vision for Australia aligns with many traditional Indigenous values, sharing the land as a community asset rather than exploiting it for private profit.
In an ideal Georgist society all land would be part of the commons, shared and cared for by everyone, but we know that is not realistically going to happen in Australia. Instead, private land owners should have to pay a contribution to the community through a land tax or levy. Part of this could, and should, go towards First Nations communities as reparations for the land they have lost access to.
To find out more about the history of Australia’s Indigenous People and their connection to land, we recommend visiting Common Ground Australia, who have some terrific education resources.
You can also listen to Prosper’s Karl Fitzgerald talk to author Tyson Yunkaporta about his book Sand Talk on his Renegade Economist radio show.
Prosper’s office is on the land of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. We pay respect to elders past, present and emerging.
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