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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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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