Land windfalls provide wealth illusion

As published on The Drum. Our houses can’t make us all rich By Warwick Smith PHOTO: Increases in house prices are only really beneficial to those who own more than one house.(Reuters: David Gray) While a recent report might suggest Aussies are the richest people...

Petition for Genuine Housing Reform

A Petition by Rational Radical Hi, my name is Matt, and I’m one of many young Australians currently locked out of home ownership by record high prices. My friends know me as very vocal and frequently angry about housing affordability issues. Well the latest...

123rd Annual Dinner With…..

  Having trouble reading this newsletter? View it online. The enews of Prosper & Earthsharing Australia JULY 2014 Schalkenbach Foundation 123rd Annual Henry George Dinner, 3rd September Featuring Professor John Freebairn of Melbourne University Wednesday...

Budget for Packer’s mugs

Sign up to our Evolving Economics enews. We sent this out this morn. Having trouble reading this newsletter? View it online. The enews of Prosper & Earthsharing Australia may 2014 Welcome to our new look Welcome to the new Evolving Economics e-news, combining both...

Commission of Auditing Rent Seekers

We were warned of the dangers of the wealthy advising on future budgetary levers. But we thought more of the BCA’s Tony Shepherd than this shallow display for vested interests. With great fanfare we are to maintain the Australian way of life with the burden...

HIA: Negative Gearing barely costs economy

An interview on Lateline Business with Harley Dale (HIA) and Saul Eslake makes for interesting viewing on whether Negative Gearing will be grandfathered and quarantined to new housing only in the upcoming May budget. At about the 10 minute mark Harley Dale makes an...

Supply side reform concern

The following is an article published in Online Opinion today. Dymphna Boholt, the focus of this article, released an enews on the day the ABS 8 Capital Cities index was released (revealing a national 2.4% upkick in prices) entitled “Are you accountable for your...

Written Off: Negative Gearing Report

by Philip Soos Executive Summary Negative gearing is a popular investment strategy as it allows a net loss to be deducted against an investor’s personal tax liability at their marginal tax rate. While negative gearing has likely been in operation since the first...

Housing Media Wars

photo credit: chrisjohnbeckett With the housing bubble accelerating each day, sometimes you wonder if it is ever going to pop. Tim Colebatch has written a number of key articles of recent, including this one on negative gearing pointing out that investors now account...