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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Sharon Council Mulls Land Value Tax

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Sharon council mulls land value tax after presentation by economics official (15/03/07). Joshua Vincent from the Center for Economic Studies, Philadelphia, provides the data on why switching away from Capital Improved Valuation to Site Valuation is of economic benefit to your community.

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Price of Housing Outstrips Rent

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Price of housing outstrips rent (12/03/07). Remember that whilst rents haven’t kept pace with house prices , neither have wages. Landlords have many other advantages such as negative gearing (at around $2.4billion dollars p.a in subsidy to the property lobby, mainly coming from lower & middle class citizens who could never dream to afford a […]

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Property Lobby Again Ignores Laws of Economics

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Property lobby again ignores laws of economics (26/02/07). Research compiled by The Australian shows there is actually 10 years of land supply in Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne with 155,000 lots zoned for residential development. However, developers say they will not develop this land as property related taxes have made these sites uneconomical to develop. Whilst […]

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23% of NSW Land Owned by Speculators

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23% of NSW land owned by speculators (26/01/07). Amongst the usual doom and gloom of the media attacks upon land tax we find the interesting stat that 23% of NSW land is owned by those lucky enough to own more than one piece of the planet. What are the figures around the country? Is this […]

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