Letter to Gorbachev

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November 7, 1990 Four of the West’s top economists – Nobel prize-winners Franco Modigliani, James Tobin, Robert Solow and William Vickery – were among the signatories to an open letter to Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990. The economists urged the Soviet President to retain land in public ownership, and to raise government revenue by charging rent […]

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Reserve Bank warned: Housing Affordability Tool Box Empty

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Speculators rub their hands with glee at prospect of further tax write offs “Today’s interest rate increases have rewarded the wrong people. Speculators will today be able to increase the amount of tax they can write off” said Prosper Australia spokesman Karl Fitzgerald. “The Reserve Bank’s policy tool box is empty when it comes to […]

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Interest Rates and the Healthy Economy – Bryan Kavanagh

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Letter to the Age Dear Sir, So let me get this right. Messrs Howard and Costello say the economy has been going so well that the RBA intervened by increasing interest rates to slow it down again? But why should anyone want slow down a healthy economy? Did the government have it going too well? […]

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Frank De Jong Tour Itinerary

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Frank De Jong’s confirmed appearances: Sat July 14th, National Greens Convention (Green Members only) Tues 17th, “Speculating on the Earth’s Future”, Whitehorse Greens, Place: Meeting Room 1, Box Hill Library (Entrance just to left of main library entrance in Whitehorse Rd), 7.30pm Wed 18th, “Costing the Earth”, Selby Community House, Wombalana Rd (Enter Charles St) […]

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Housing Affordability Hampered by a Tax Regime That Supports Speculators Over Citizens

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Visiting housing affordability expert Frank de Jong said ‘the Census shows 830,376 vacant dwellings in the country. This demonstrates that it is the private supply of land withheld by speculators, rather than the need for more urban sprawl, that is hurting the housing market’ ‘Census figures confirm this by showing that housing has grown by […]

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Leader Of The Green Party Of Ontario, Canada launches Local Campaign Against Vacant Land

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Strong Link between Vacant Land and Housing Affordability Crisis Leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Canada, Frank de Jong today launched Earthsharing Australia’s ‘I Want To Live Here’ campaign. The campaign targets the under use of existing vacant land and will record statistics on the real vacancies of land, housing and apartments. Earthsharing Australia […]

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True Cost Economics Forum

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“Economics – the fast track to Sustainability” Friday July 20th The 2007 TCE Forum will feature Frank De Jong, leader of the Ontario Greens (Canada). He is an expert on environmental economics, having coined the term ‘the invisible green hand’ of market forces. Frank has over 20 years experience in Canadian elections and will bring […]

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Emissions Trading = Private Carbon Tax – Gavin Putland

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Letter rejected by the Age (Melbourne) As the Federal Government is planning an emissions trading scheme — not a carbon tax — why will households foot the bill? (“Householders to bear brunt of trading scheme”, the Age, June 25.) Answer: An emissions trading scheme is a carbon tax payable not to the government, but to […]

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Unending Sprawl Leads to Crime

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Housing Affordability- How will the crisis end? Alan Moran from the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) touted earlier this year on ABC’s Difference of Opinion that Australia should subdivide more on the urban fringe to free up land and bring prices down, but according to the Land Values Research Group (LVRG) this will bring increased […]

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Unlocking the Riches of Oz

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Fri June 15th, 7.15pm The launch of Bryan Kavanagh’s (LVRG) groundbreaking report Bryan Kavanagh will take us through his world leading statistics, analysing economic trends over the 34 years the report covers. He will deliver insights on how the property market is actually the lead indicator of the economy. Bryan is an experienced property valuer […]

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