Land Tax Proposal Doesn’t Go Far Enough

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Media Release 01/02 Prosper Australia is elated to hear that the Brumby government is returning to its senses by recognising Land Value Capture as the most efficient way to raise public revenue. However, the progressive tax tiers need to be rolled into a flat tax. “Land Tax is the most efficient of all government revenue […]

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Duty to supply housing – Dr Gavin R. Putland

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Letter to the Herald Sun Monday Jan 28th, 2008 It is appropriate that the surge in Melbourne home prices has rekindled debate on stamp duty, but not at all appropriate that the discussion has focused on the size of the duty instead of its base. Stamp duty is a transfer tax on the total value […]

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Give the manufacturer a chance – David Barkly

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submitted to the Age on January 22nd, 2008 Dear Editor, Martin Feil and Ernest Rodeck in “The debt penalty: a matter of great import to all Australians” (Opinion, 21/1) express concern at the accumulation of foreign debt, partly due to two decades of buying foreign goods instead of Australian. It is often said that we […]

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Speculative land rationing our opportunity

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Property lobby pushes all the usual red herrings whilst ignoring the speculative causes to affordability pressures. Demographia International’s new report on housing affordability again pushes the “unending sprawl forever” mantra. Report author Wendell Cox rolled out all the usual criticisms of land rationing, infrastructure charges and bureaucratic tape. “The effect of unending sprawl is to […]

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True History of Monopoly the Boardgame

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Read this PBS transcript on Monopoly’s original intention to teach about the dangers of land monopoly. Understand how the world’s most popular boardgame was subverted to teach young people the opposite to the games original intent. It is interesting that not more people have twigged that something is wrong in the land game when most […]

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Canberra’s Leasehold Land System

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by Leo Foley The primary source for this paper is “Canberra in Crisis” by Frank Brennan, 1971 The Road to Leasehold – the origins of the Canberra leasehold system.. Canberra is the offspring of politics and a social ideal. The politics were those of Federation and nation making. The ideal was one of social and […]

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The Comics of Economics

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7pm, January 10th, Horses Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street Be part of a world first as international comedian Ross Ashcroft (London) delivers his first geonomics based comedy routine! Yes its time we took the mickey out of our two dimensional economic system and laid it bare for all its worth. Ross runs the Magdala Comedy […]

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Freeing up Speculative Land

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ALP policy will continue to subsidise developers over first home owners. The ALP’s new housing minister should look at freeing up the supply of privately held land (aka land banks) by using a Site Rental on all land. In response to the housing industry’s recent call for the freeing up of land, Prosper Australia’s Karl […]

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Land Supply Strangled by Speculators

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‘I Want to Live Here’ report release Earthsharing Australia today released the first I Want To Live Here Report, demonstrating the extent to which speculative vacancies are the key hidden issue in the housing affordability debate. The ‘I Want to Live Here’ report found that 1058 people could live on vacant sites within the Bluestone […]

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A Place to Live, Or a Place to Invest – Karl Williams

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Letter to the Age At last there is some openness from the property investor lobby! Caroline Lawrey, Housing Industry Association Victorian executive director, claimed that a property owner had the right to determine when and when it was developed (Age 16/11). With rising land values, leaving land idle and preventing its use by others causes […]

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