Privatisation to cost Victoria $60m annually

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Prosper enjoyed the lead quote in an Age article “Inquiry scrutinises Land-titles selloff ahead of August sale” But land tax advocacy group Prosper Australia has told a parliamentary inquiry into the sale that the estimated $2 billion price reflected a yield of 6 per cent – a rate far above bond rates. Prosper researcher Jesse […]

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The Monthly Discussion – The beneficiary pays principle

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The Monthly Discussion – The Beneficiary Pays Principle What: Discuss + Debate + Drinks + Pizza When: Wednesday, August 1st Time: 6pm Cost: Free Is it fair that beneficiaries should pay, even if they do not voluntarily benefit? Is there such a thing as a fair tax, or are there only less and more fair […]

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The 127th Annual Dinner

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Tues September 4th Presenter:Dr Cameron Murray Launching his new report Unspoken Alternatives for Expensive Housing (co-produced by Prosper and The Australia Institute). Venue: Brunswick Mess Hall Tickets Everyone needs somewhere to live. It is a simple fact. Australia’s economy keeps growing every year. As a nation, we are richer than any other time in our […]

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Transcript – Inquiry into the Long-Term Lease of the Land Titles Registry

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5 July 2018 TRANSCRIPT: STANDING COMMITTEE ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING Inquiry into the proposed long-term lease of land titles and registry functions of Land Use Victoria Members Mr David Davis — Chair Dr Samantha Ratnam Witnesses Mr Karl Fitzgerald (affirmed), Project Director, and Mr Jesse Hermans (affirmed) Administrative Assistant and Researcher, Prosper Australia. The […]

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Land Titles Registry Inquiry

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Prosper Australia will be appearing at the Inquiry Into the Proposed Long Term Leasing of Land Titles and Registry Functions of Land Use Victoria (LUV). Time: 11am, Thursday July 5 Where: Meeting Room G2, 55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne Who: Karl Fitzgerald A number of transcriptions from previous witnesses, including key public servants, are […]

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Public deserves to reap benefit of windfall

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Letters to the Editor AFR, Wednesday June 27th Michael Musgrave’s New value capture tax will hit every development in Parramatta [$] (25/6 AFR) made a strong case for his constituents. It’s the Australian way for property developers to make rezoning windfalls in their sleep. Musgrave musters every scaremongering tactic in the developers playbook over the […]

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Submission on the Privatisation of Land Use Victoria

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Submission to the Standing Committee on the Environment and Planning Inquiry into the proposed long-term lease of land titles and registry functions of Land Use Victoria June 22, 2018 To Mr. David Davis (Chair): Prosper Australia is Melbourne-based not-for-profit engaged in research and advocacy. Our primary focus is on the political economy of land and […]

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What can’t be said

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Having recently read biographies of Paul Keating, Wayne Swan, and Craig Emerson, I’m astounded at their incredible levels of political commitment and investment in the Labor Party, and to Australia, during the Hawke-Keating period of government from 11 March 1983 to 11 March 1996. However, their economics was fatally flawed. Emerson’s account expands into the […]

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The Monthly Discussion – June

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The Monthly Discussion – Tax policy plot twists What: Discuss + Debate + Drinks + Pizza When: Wednesday, June 6th Time: 6pm Cost: Free Name a tax that lowers the price? Name a tax designed to raise no revenue? How can we simultaneously encourage densification and decentralisation? Next week we’re joining the dots between taxation […]

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Downsizing the sacred cow? Pension Loans Scheme expanded

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Jenny is in her early 60’s and partially retired from a career as a nurse. She’s managed to hang on to acreage in regional NSW despite long periods at home with four kids. As she approaches retirement, she wonders how she can keep the property. Her meagre super balance along with the pension will not […]

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