Rudd on Housing Affordability

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Rudd Innovative on Housing Affordability but will it get to the source of the problem? (02/06/07) Opposition Leader Rudd’s innovative move to mimick the low tax rates for super and apply it to First Home Owners Savings is commendable but as with most housing policy, runs aground when applied to economic principles. The extra purchasing […]

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$1 Trillion Strangled by Taxes

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New report points to major recession A study of 34 years of the Australian property market has resulted in a 28 page report, Unlocking the Riches of Oz: A Case study of the Social and Economic Costs of Real Estate Bubbles (1972 to 2006). Bryan Kavanagh, Director of the Land Values Research Group (LVRG) has […]

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Tax System Encourages Asset Bubbles

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Property bubbles creating unaffordable housing and recession A study of 34 years of the Australian property market has resulted in a 28 page report, Unlocking the Riches of Oz: A Case study of the Social and Economic Costs of Real Estate bubbles (1972 to 2006). Bryan Kavanagh, Director of the Land Values Research Group (LVRG) […]

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Economics for Activists

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Tuesday evenings in May, 6.15pm – 8pm, starting May 1st Ever wanted to read between the lines of the newspaper? Arm yourself with the tools of modern warfare as Karl Fitzgerald takes you through the key understandings required to ‘follow the money’. Topics covered: Economic terminology – the basic framework Economic History via: The Classical […]

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Differential Rate – Bruce Every

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Manningham Leader Dear Sir, I am appalled at the ignorance displayed by the councilors and ratepayers alike reported in the Manningham Leader with respect to the rating system in connection with the differential rates to be applied to vacant land. Differential rates are wrong because they are arbitrary and unnecessary if the correct rating base, […]

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The Real Estate Bust of 2010

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Over 115 people attended this packed event. Phil covered the long term issues like few others can. For more details on Phil’s exciting work, check his new website. Copies of the DVD + Powerpoint + Presentation are $20. Order here (credit card preferred). For those interested in the type of comprehensive analysis Phil delivered, watch […]

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Earthsharing Challenge Workshop

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Education by young people for young people What Is The Earthsharing Challenge? An opportunity for an interactive workshop on land and natural resource use An offer to schools to show your students work on environmental projects A challenge to students to be selected to attend a free environmental camp, with a hands on role in […]

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Act now – David Barkly

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Dear Editor, Re: BCA: 56 taxes a company curse (The Age “Business Day” 10/4/07) We hear low overseas wages given as the reason our manufacturers cannot compete with Chinese imports, but we don’t hear of the penalizing effect of the multitude of taxes on our manufacturers. It would be surprising if Chinese manufacturers were similarly […]

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Generations Ask Y is Housing a Speculator’s Paradise?

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By Karl Fitzgerald Crikey If we are all borne onto this planet as equals, why are some subsidised to own the planet at the expense of others? Don’t we all deserve a roof over our heads? The right to participate in the Great Australian Dream? This is what Gen X, Y (& soon Z) are […]

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$4 Billion Rail Tunnel Back on Target

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$4billion Rail Tunnel back on target (17/03/06). Premier Bracks is looking to spend billions to make the wealthy suburbs more attractive (delivering millions in land value increases to neighbouring wealthy political benefactors no doubt – we wonder which donor will receive the contracts?). Why not use the Japanese model where the developer is also the […]

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