Land Tax Lobbyists active as State Budget approaches

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Todays Age article on Land Tax Cuts Wont Bring Savings alerts all those interested in defending the communities right to a share of the free lunch land prices reflect. The next few weeks will see the property lobby step up their claims to pay less and less of the one tax their army of accountants […]

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Three Dimensional Economics

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by Karl Fitzgerald as published in Arena Magazine, Feb-March, 2008, Edition 93 In a period where the twin crises of global warming and the wealth gap are attacking society from both sides, policy makers are continually limited in their effectiveness by a two dimensional approach to economics. Land prices have increased at 4 times the […]

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Economics for Activists

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Short Course: Tues Oct 14th – Nov 11th, 6.15 – 8pm Following last years highly successful economics for activists series of workshops, Karl Fitzgerald is set to help join the dots between the myriad of issues facing solid citizens in this day and age. Designed for those interested in understanding economics, the short-comings prevalent in […]

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Global Haywire – Film review

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Check this new Ausse film – a must see for those concerned about globalisation, terrorism and the wealth gap. Unfortunately it doesn’t have the kind of hard nosed economic reform we would like, but still well worth the viewing for the lessons on the Middle East. This review gives a hint of the sensory feast […]

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Clyde Cameron on Late Night Live

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With the recent passing of our number one ticket holder, Clyde Cameron, we were pleased to hear the ABC’s Phillip Adams replay the 1999 Late Night Live interview he held with the Honorable Clyde Cameron. It is a fascinating discussion with Clyde covering the foundation to his Georgist beliefs, involvement in the Henry George League […]

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Still on the mountaintop: Economically rational racism

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by Dr Gavin Putland Given that the economy is managed so that a certain percentage of people must be losers, the majority stands to gain by ensuring that the losers are selected not from its own ranks, but from the ranks of some already disadvantaged minority. That’s why, forty years after Dr. King’s mountaintop” speech, […]

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Eddington report and Infrastructure Funding cracks

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Wednesday’s release of the much anticipated Eddington report has seen many questions asked on the viability of the road tunnel. Analysis of the cost-benefits report show that whilst the rail tunnel will return 1.20 for every dollar spent, the road tunnel will barely come out ahead. $18 billion is required to cover the Eddington plan. […]

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Letter to Crikey on Infrastructure funding – Gavin Putland

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Re. “Babcock bounces as Bear Stearns extracts more value” (March 25, item 17). The Macquarie infrastructure model is dead, not because of any failure to “internalise management”, but because of a failure to tap the benefits of infrastructure in order to amortize the capital cost. The benefit of a new road, net of tolls, is […]

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Property Bubble leads to crash landing

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by Bryan Kavanagh As featured in today’s Business Age, 28/03/08 WHEN it mattered, the US Federal Reserve, US banks and rating agencies failed the risk-management test — in much the same way that Australia is now failing it. This is because none of these bodies comprehends the manner in which the real estate market leads […]

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Out of Reach – housing forum

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Last night saw SBS’s excellent Insight program tackle housing affordability under the title Out of Reach. Over 270 comments have been posted since the event, giving warrant to the excellent comparing host Jenny Brockie does each week. As probably the fourth panel type forum seen on non-commercial TV over the last year, this one was […]

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